FILING FOR IDAHO DISABILITY BENEFITS
HOW TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN IDAHO
Filing for SSDI and SSI benefits in Idaho is a task that Cannon Disability Law can help you with. Especially, if you have a physical or mental illness that prevents you from working. If you are like most people, then you may be confused by the Social Security process. Therefore, you may need help filing for Social Security disability benefits in Idaho.
If you cannot work for more than one year, then there are two federal programs that can help you.
The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD). The second program is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI benefits require you to have a lengthy work history. They also require you to have paid your taxes. When you pay your taxes, for example, a portion of that money is set aside to pay you monthly benefits in case you can’t work. SSDI benefits also comes with Medicare. Learn more information about Medicare benefits here. Medicare is also a benefit that comes along with retirement benefits.
SSI benefits, on the other hand, are for those who have never had a job. They are also for children who have a severe medical condition. Additionally, SSI adds to your monthly benefit for those with a low monthly SSD payment. SSI benefits come with Medicaid. Learn more information about Medicaid benefits here.
Each of these programs requires you to have a condition that keeps you from working for over 12 months. If you need further information about what you need to apply, then read here.
OTHER IDAHO DISABILITY BENEFITS
Idaho, unlike some states, does not have a short term disability insurance program. However, your employer may offer short-term disability insurance through a private insurance company.
This means you would pay for disability insurance benefits by buying a private policy. If you lose a job, but are able to return to work, then you can also apply for unemployment benefits.
Your employer may also offer maternity and paternity leave benefits. They may also offer long term disability benefits. Additionally, there are federal benefits available through an employer, like the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Privately, there are two types of disability insurance that you can purchase: short term and long term. Short term benefits, for example, will usually replace a portion of your salary from three to six months after the onset of your disability.
Long term benefits will usually begin six months after the onset of your disability. However, long term benefits can last a few years until you are able to return to work. Likewise, those long term benefits can also pay out until retirement age. It all depends on the type of policy you purchase and how long your medical condition makes it impossible for you to work.
Disability insurance is not the same as workers’ compensation. For example, in the case of disability insurance, injury or illness does not have to be the result of a workplace incident or event. In fact, research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the most common causes of long term disability are heart disease, back injury and cancer. Shortly after that are mental impairments such as anxiety and depression.
THREE WAYS TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN IDAHO
Here are three easy ways to apply or file your application for benefits in Idaho. The easiest way to file an application is to file online. If you don’t have a computer or access to one, you can still apply over the telephone or in person.
Benefits begin from the date you file your application. Therefore, the longer you wait to file, the more money you lose. Here are three ways to apply:
- Online: You can apply online at the Social Security website.
- Telephone: You can apply over the telephone by calling the SSA’s toll free customer service line at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
- In person: You can apply in person at your local Social Security field office.
Additionally, if you need help getting medical records for your case, we have a list of Idaho’s free and low cost health resources on this website.
SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD OFFICES IN IDAHO
If you do not want to apply online at SSA’s website, then you can submit an application to your local SSA field office. Idaho’s SSA field offices can accept your application. They can also accept medical information and other important paperwork in your case.
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|BOISE ID||SUITE 101||1249 S VINNELL WAY||BOISE||ID||(855) 377-9316|
|POCATELLO ID||SUITE B||861 JEFFERSON AVE||POCATELLO||ID||(866) 643-3407|
|LEWISTON ID||1617 19TH AVE||LEWISTON||ID||(877) 405-9796|
|TWIN FALLS ID||1437 FILLMORE ST||TWIN FALLS||ID||(866) 748-2087|
|IDAHO FALLS ID||2196 CHANNING WAY||IDAHO FALLS||ID||(866) 253-0489|
|COEUR D ALENE||SUITE 100||7400 N MINERAL DRIVE||COEUR D ALENE||ID||(866) 931-2523|
|CALDWELL ID||1118 SOUTH KIMBALL AVE.||CALDWELL||ID||(877) 836-1560|
IDAHO DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES
After filing for benefits, the local office will transfer your case to the Idaho office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). Next, DDS reviews your medical records and other forms of medical evidence. Their review assists the Social Security Administration to make prompt decisions regarding SSDI and SSI claims.
Disability Determination Services can assist with both SSI and SSDI claims in Idaho. DDS can also request more medical information if they feel they do not have enough information to make the correct decision in your case.
Below, you will find the address and phone number of DDS:
Idaho Disability Determination Services
317 W Main Street
Boise, Idaho 83735
P.O. Box 21
Boise, ID 83707-0021
Phone: (208) 327-7333
Toll-free: (800) 626-2681
Fax: (208) 327-2230
TDD: (800) 377-3529
Disability Determinations Service
Professional Relations Officer
P.O. Box 21
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 327-7333
Toll free: 1-800-626-2681
This is where your Claims Examiner reviews your case. If you have questions or need to submit medical records, then you can submit information to DDS.
The Claims Examiner decides whether or not you should be paid benefits at the initial and also the second stage of your case. If the Claims Examiner denies your case at the reconsideration level, then you will need to file a Request for a Hearing with the SSA.
At each stage of the process, it is important to file appeals on time. For instance, you only have 60 days in which to appeal a decision from the SSA.
WHO IS DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES?
DDS is fully funded by the Federal Government. However, it is an Idaho state agency. DDS is responsible for getting the medical evidence and making the initial determination on whether you are disabled or blind under the law.
The Idaho Disability Determination Services (DDS) makes the medical decision for the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, DDS does not receive claims directly from the people who file an application. Instead, Social Security offices throughout Idaho send SSD and SSI claims to DDS for review. For instance, if you submit medical records to your local office, then they will send it to DDS.
Usually, the DDS tries to obtain evidence from your medical sources first. If that evidence is not enough, then DDS will arrange for a consultative examination (CE). Find out more about the consultative exam here.
After finished their development of the evidence, DDS makes a decision about your case. At the initial stage this can take 3 to 6 months. The next stage, reconsideration, can also take up to 6 months.
If DDS finds you should be paid benefits, then SSA completes any other development. Next, SSA figures out your monthly benefit amount and begins paying benefits. If, however, you are found not disabled, then your file is kept in the field office in case you decide to appeal the decision. Always appeal.
FILING FOR IDAHO BENEFITS FOR PHYSICAL DISABILITY
In Idaho, we win benefits for those with severe physical conditions. However, to receive benefits you must have a physical condition that will last for more than one year. Additionally, you must meet or equal SSA’s rules to win benefits. Or, you can win by proving your residual functional capacity keeps you from working. For example, below you will find disabling physical conditions:
- Addison’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Back Impairments and Spinal Injuries
- Black Lung Disease
- Blindness and Visual Loss
- Bone Fractures – non-healing after 12 months
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- (COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease and Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Deafness and Hearing Loss
- Down syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Endocrine Disorders
- Epilepsy and Seizure
- Heart Attack and Coronary Artery Disease
- Hip Replacement
- Huntington’s Disease
- Knee Replacement
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Malignant Melanoma
- Ménière’s disease
- Multiple Myeloma
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neck Pain and Injury
- Neurological Conditions
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Prostate Cancer
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Recurrent Arrhythmias
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Shoulder Pain and Injury
- Sickle Cell Disorders
- Testicular Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Varicose Veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you have a physical condition, then you will need to prove that you meet SSA’s listing. You will see SSA’s rules by clicking on each section in the list of conditions. For example, if you click on Multiple Sclerosis, then you will see a list of symptoms you must have to win benefits.
CANNON DISABILITY CAN HELP YOU WIN IDAHO BENEFITS FOR MENTAL CONDITIONS
Obtaining the medical evidence that shows you have each element of the listing is what you need to do to win benefits. If you have every element on the list, then this is known as “meeting” the listing. Meeting the listing means the SSA should pay you benefits. If you do not “meet” the listing, then you can still win your case by equaling the listing. Equaling the listing, for example, requires the judge to look at the combination of all of your medical conditions.
Our law firm can also help you win benefits for a mental illness. However, your mental condition must prevent you from working for more than one year. You may have one mental illness or a combination of conditions. Either way, we can help you win your case. For example, benefits are available for many mental health conditions including:
- Attention Deficit Disorder -ADD/ADHD
- Bipolar Disorder
- Dementia/Early-Onset Dementia
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Learning Disorders/Intellectual Disability
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Somatic Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
As with physical illness, mental conditions also have rules you must meet in order to win SSD and SSI benefits. Each of the above mental conditions, for example, has certain symptoms that you must prove you have. For instance, if you file for benefits for PTSD, you must show severe mental symptoms, like panic or nightmares. However, you must also show you have severe symptoms that keep you from working.
In order to prove you deserve benefits, you must have mental health treatment. You must also have medical records that support your claim. If you need help finding free or low cost mental health services, read our Idaho Free Mental Health page. Our list should help you find a good doctor.
CANNON DISABILITY LAW – THE BEST SSD ATTORNEYS IN IDAHO
At Cannon Disability Law, our lawyers and staff are experts at winning SSDI and SSI benefits. If you want to learn more about our experience, then read about us on our About Us Page. For example, you will learn about our legal education and our success rate.
For example, in the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases for our clients. If you need help filing for benefits, then contact our office. We can also help you appeal a denial from the SSA.
When you contact our office for help with your Social Security application, make sure you are ready to give us some basic facts about your case. We will need to know the date of your birth. Also, we need to know your wedding date and divorce date. Likewise, we need to know the date you last worked. Additionally, we will need to know the names, address and phone numbers of your doctors.
The Social Security application asks basic information about your family and your children. You will also need a list of the places where you have worked. You will also need to describe what you did at each job. For example, you want to describe what you did on the job, not give your job title. One of the other things they will need to know is the heaviest weight you had to lift at your past jobs. Do not underestimate this amount. Always put the heaviest weight. For example, cashiers lift 40 pounds of dog food, heavy furniture, and 50 pound cans of paint. It is what the job requires. Do not write that you lifted nothing. All jobs require lifting. The SSA needs to know this information in order to process your application.
REOPENING A PRIOR APPLICATION FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS
Also, if you previously filed an application for disability benefits in Idaho, then make sure the SSA reopens your old application. Previous applications can be reopened under certain conditions. For example, if the SSA denied a prior application and you filed a new application within one year of that denial, then your prior application can be reopened for any reason. This means that you can get benefits based on the first application, not just the second application for benefits.
It is also possible to reopen a prior application if your mental condition prevents you from understanding your appeal rights. For example, if you have an intellectual disability, you may not be able to understand the letter that SSA sends to you.
Another example that may require reopening is if, for instance, you are not able to read. Likewise, some people can prove that the SSA did not send them a copy of their denial or that it was sent to the wrong location and they never received it. Therefore, reopening of prior applications should be available to you. Your attorney can help you reopen a prior application. If you do so, then you win more benefits. Finally, this is one more good reason to hire an attorney with experience.
WORKING WITH YOUR LEGAL TEAM TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN IDAHO
Obviously, we cannot file for Idaho disability benefits without your help. That is why we say we are your legal team. A team requires team work. We may be experts at the law, but you are the expert on the facts of your life.
When you call, for instance, we need to know why you cannot work. For example, you will need to describe the symptoms of your mental and physical condition to us. Also, there are many forms you will need to complete for the SSA. Forms such as the Activities of Daily Living Form or the Work History form. Completing these forms properly is crucial to your case. If you need help with the form, then call us.
After we file your application, we will collect your medical records. However, we will need your help to collect your medical records. You give us the names of your doctors and counselors. If you don’t give us the information about your treating sources, then we will not be able to contact them for you.
After we file your Idaho benefits application, then we position your case to win. If you receive a denial at the initial phase, then we will appeal it. Likewise, if you are denied again, then we will request a hearing. We will represent you at your hearing. Furthermore, we will prepare you to testify in court.
Once you reach the hearing stage, we review your SSA file. We then prepare you to testify. We can tell you the kinds of questions the judge will ask you at your hearing.
In conclusion, let us help you win your SSD and SSI case. If you need help filing for Idaho disability benefits, then contact Cannon Disability Law today.