How to Get Started

Artwork: Zeraph Dylan Moore

Welcome. It’s a great thing that you are reading here right now. Because right now, early at the beginning, is the very best time when you can make the very biggest difference to help your disability case.

Many people find that it is hard to make the mental leap to start the process. If you are too sick to continue working, in time you may come to feel that applying for disability was one of the most important things you ever did to help yourself.

You have a bumpy and interesting road up ahead. Please be good to yourself, take care of yourself, reach out for help, and try to remember you are doing something to improve your life.

How to Apply

There are three ways that most people get started. Pick the one that works for you:

Option A: Prepare

You can take some steps to improve your application right from the beginning. Then you can apply.

Option B: Apply Right Now

You can jump right in and apply now. Then you can follow up and take some steps to make your application stronger.

Option C: Get a Lawyer

You can find a lawyer or a representative to submit your application for you. If you are too ill to deal with Option A or Option B, then Option C may be a great way to go. Lawyers can be a big help with appeals. They do not do as much to help your case at the beginning, but they will assist with the paperwork.

Am I eligible?

Most people are eligible to apply. If you are not sure, you can just go ahead and apply and see what happens, or you can take a look here: How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Apply?

Should I apply now or wait and see?

I’ve met a lot of people who have applied for disability. I’ve heard a lot of stories. A lot of hard stories and a lot of hard luck stories. Here’s one story I’ve never heard: “I should have waited.” No one ever regrets applying too soon. If you are on the fence about applying, read Bluebell’s story. Be Like Bluebell.

Updated May 2017 🌟

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