How Do I Apply for Arkansas Disability Benefits?
You apply for Social Security Disability benefits in Arkansas as in every state, by using forms—the Disability Benefit Application and the Disability Report—provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Claims for disability benefits take more time to process than other types of Social Security claims, usually from three to five months. The SSA advises that you can help shorten the process by having certain information and documents at hand when you apply, and by promptly supplying any other medical evidence you need to show that you are disabled. Here is the information you should have assembled before you apply:
For the disability benefit application
- Your Social Security number and proof of age
- Social Security number(s) and proof of age for your spouse and minor children
- Proof of marriage, if your spouse is applying for benefits, as well as dates of prior marriages if applicable
- Military Service discharge information (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty
- Types of jobs and dates you worked for your last five jobs
- Your most recent W-2 form or, if you were self-employed, a copy of your federal tax return
- Information about any insurance or workers' compensation claims you filed, such as claim number and name, address, and phone number of insurance company
- Checking or savings account number and bank routing number, if you want direct deposit for your benefit checks
For the disability report
- Name, address, and phone number of someone the SSA can contact who knows about your medical conditions and can help with your claim
- Names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers, and dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals, and clinics
- Names of medicines you are taking, dosages, and who prescribed each medication
- Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who sent you for them
- Laboratory and test results
- Medical records in your possession
Applications for disability benefits in Arkansas may be completed online or sent via mail. If you prefer to file for Arkansas disability benefits in person, you can call the SSA's toll-free telephone number (1-800-772-1213) to make an appointment, or simply visit your local Social Security office.
Protect your rights to claim disability benefits in Arkansas
Unfortunately, denial rates at the first stage of the application process are up to 70 percent nationally. To avoid becoming a part of that losing statistic, consider contacting a knowledgeable Arkansas Social Security Disability benefits attorney for help in preparing your application and the documentation you will need for a strong application.
Let us fight for you. Contact an experienced Arkansas disability benefits attorney at Martin to discuss your case today.