To start up the Social Security disability claims process, the claimant must file the initial application paperwork.  The Social Security application may be completed online or in person at your local Social Security office.  The online disability application can be found here.

When you file your initial application, have all of your personal information ready.  Besides you Social Security number and other basic information, you will need to list such things as recent employers, descriptions of activities you are able to do, a list of medications you are on, and a list of your doctors.

In order to be successful, the claimant must prove that you are experiencing medical problems that will prevent you from working for the next year or that you have conditions which prevented you from working the last year.  The proof the Administration looks for is found in your medical records. Regardless of the statements you make to the Administration, they require proof to back up your claims regarding your condition.  Therefore it is necessary to tell your doctor about your limitations, including any functional limitations you have that prevent you from working.  If the doctor writes down your limitations in your medical records, you have a much greater chance of success than if you rely solely on your statements regarding your limitations.

Once your claim is denied, it is time to call an attorney.  You have 60 days from the date of your denial to file an appeal, therefore you should find representation quickly, in order to give your attorney the information he needs to file your appeal.  I represent Social Security disability clients for SSI and SSDI claims in Louisiana, specifically in the South Louisiana region, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Metairie, Denham Springs, and Hammond.  My firm also represents clients in North Louisiana, including Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Vivian, and Ruston.  If you have any questions regarding the process or would like to discuss representation, please feel free to contact me at