Initial SSD Application Process

Many people who apply for disability benefits from Social Security contact an attorney only after their claim has been denied. However, by not seeking legal advice at the beginning of the process, you may damage your claim and make it harder to receive the benefits you need.

There is no reason not to contact a lawyer right away. At the Law Office of Annette Rutkowski LLC, my preference is to craft your initial SSD application in my office and file it with the Social Security Administration. Obtaining Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and difficult process; I want to make it as easy as possible and give you the best possible chance of success. With offices in Indianapolis and Lafayette, I represent clients throughout central, western and southern Indiana.

Helping You Meet The Challenges You Face

Many of my clients are in their 50s and early 60s with chronic, progressive health problems such as back injuries, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, mental illness and chronic pain. In many cases, my clients have worked hard all of their lives but are now unable to due to their heath. I also represent clients who have never been able to work, including young adults who have severe physical and mental challenges.

At the beginning of your case, it's important for me to meet you personally so you can get to know me and I can get to know you. During your initial consultation, I will give you an honest assessment of your case to make sure you are qualified for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) before you apply. I will also provide information about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act so you can receive the health care services you need to improve your health. I never charge an initial consultation fee to discuss your case.

Once you apply for Social Security Disability, the review process usually takes about 120 days. You should know that the Social Security Administration routinely denies the vast majority of disability claims it received. If your claim is denied, I will help you complete a request for reconsideration.

If your request for reconsideration is denied, as is the case for most applicants, your next step is to request a hearing before a federal administrative law judge.

Learn more about Social Security Disability hearings.

Schedule A Consultation

To schedule a consultation with me, Indianapolis Social Security Disability claims lawyer Annette Rutkowski, call 317-663-9781 or complete my simple contact form.