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FILING FOR UTAH DISABILITY BENEFITS

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HOW TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN UTAH

Filing for disability in Utah is something Cannon Disability Law can help you with. Especially, if you have a disability that prevents you from working. You may need help filing for Social Security disability benefits in Utah.

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). SSD benefits require you to have a lengthy work history. They also require you to have paid your taxes. SSD benefits come with Medicare. Learn about Medicare benefits here. Medicare also comes with retirement benefits.

SSI benefits, on the other hand, are for those who have never had a job. They are also for children. Additionally, they act as a supplement for those with a low monthly SSD payment. SSI benefit comes with Medicaid. Learn more information about Medicaid benefits here.

Each of these programs requires you to have a disability that keeps you from working for over 12 months. Learn more about what you need to apply here.

OTHER UTAH DISABILITY BENEFITS

Utah, unlike some states, does not have a shortterm 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, you can also apply for unemployment benefits.

Your employer may also offer maternity and paternity leave benefits or 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 will typically replace a portion of your salary from three to six months after the onset of your disability.

Long-term benefits will generally begin six months after your disability. This type of benefit can last a few years until you are able to return to work. Likewise, it can also pay out until retirement age. It all depends on the type of policy you purchase.

Disability insurance is not the same as workers’ compensation. 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 thereafter, are mental impairments such as anxiety and depression.

THREE WAYS TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN UTAH

Here are three easy ways to apply or file your application for disability in Utah.  The simplest 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:

  1. Online: You can apply online at the Social Security website.
  2. 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)
  3. In-person: You can apply in-person at your local Social Security field office.

Additionally, if you need help obtaining medical records for your case, we have a list of Utah’s free and low cost healthcare resources on this website.

UTAH DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES

After filing for disability benefits, your case will transfer to the Utah office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS reviews medical records and other forms of medical evidence to assist the Social Security Administration office in making prompt decisions regarding disability claims.

Disability Determination Services can assist with both SSI and SSDI claims in Utah. DDS can also request more medical information if they feel they do not have to make the correct decision about your case.

Below, you will find the address and phone number of DDS:

Disability Determination Services
Address: 210 West Harris Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone:  800-772-1213

This is where your Claims Examiner reviews your case. If you have questions or need to submit medical records, you can submit information to DDS.

The Claims Examiner decides whether or not you have a qualifying disability at the initial and also the reconsideration level 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 disability process, it is important to file any appeals on time. Typically, you only have 60 days in which to appeal an unfavorable decision from the SSA.

WHO IS DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES?

DDS is fully funded by the Federal Government. However, it is a Utah state agency. DDS is responsible for developing medical evidence and rendering the initial determination on whether you are disabled or blind under the law.

Usually, the DDS tries to obtain evidence from your medical sources first. If that evidence is insufficient, then DDS will arrange for a consultative examination (CE).  Find out more about the consultative examination here.

After completing their development of the evidence, DDS makes a disability determination. 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 are eligible for disability benefits, then SSA completes any outstanding non-disability development. Next, SSA computes 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 decides to appeal the determination. Always appeal.

FILING FOR UTAH BENEFITS FOR PHYSICAL DISABILITY

In Utah, we win benefits for those with physical disabilities. To receive benefits you must have a disability that will last for more than one year. However, you must also meet SSA’s criteria to be eligible for benefits. You can also win by “equalling” SSA’s criteria. Or, you can win by proving your residual functional capacity prevents you from working. Below you will find some of the main physical impairments that are disabling:

CANNON DISABILITY CAN HELP YOU WIN BENEFITS FOR MENTAL CONDITIONS

Our law firm can also help you win benefits for a mental disability. However, your mental condition must prevent you from working for more than one year. You may have one mental impairment or a combination of conditions. Either way, we can help you win your case. Disability benefits are available for many  mental health disorders, including:

CANNON DISABILITY LAW – THE BEST SSD ATTORNEYS IN UTAH

At Cannon Disability Law, we are experts in winning disability benefits. You can learn more about our representative on our About Us Page.

For example, in the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases for our clients. If you need help applying for benefits, contact our office. We can also help you appeal a denial from the SSA.

When you contact our office for help with your application, make sure you are ready to give us some basic facts about your case. We will need to know your birthdate, wedding date, and divorce date. Also, we need to know the date you last worked. Additionally, we will need to know the names, addresses 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 your workplaces and what you did for your job at each workplace. The SSA needs to know this information in order to process your application.

Also, if you previously filed an application for disability benefits in Utah, then don’t forget to request that the SSA reopen your old application.

WORKING WITH YOUR LEGAL TEAM TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN UTAH

Obviously, we cannot go about filing for Utah disability benefits without your help. That is why we say we are your legal team. A team requires teamwork. We may be experts at disability law, but you are the expert on the facts of your life.

We will also need to know why you cannot work. You will need to describe the symptoms of your disability. There are many forms we will need you to complete for the SSA. Forms such as the Activities of Daily Living Form or the Work History form.

First, you complete the forms. Do it in pencil. If you need help with the form, then we can answer your questions about it. Second, if you made a mistake, then you can erase it and fix the mistake.

After we file your application, we will collect your medical records. We will need your help to collect your medical records. You will provide the names of your physicians, counselors, and physical therapists. If you don’t give us the information about your treating sources, then we will not be able to contact them on your behalf.

Most importantly, after we file your disability benefit application in Utah, we can represent you at your hearing. If you receive a denial at the initial and reconsideration phases of the appeals process, then we will request a hearing for you.

Once you reach a hearing, we review your SSA file. We will prepare you for your hearing testimony. Likewise, we know the judges at the Utah Office of Hearings Operations. We can tell you the kinds of questions they will ask you at your hearing.

Let us help you win your SSD and SSI case. If you need help filing for Utah disability benefits, contact Cannon Disability Law today.

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