Yakima woman applies for Social Security Disability benefits.

Get Help with Your Social Security Disability Application

Your doctor said you shouldn’t work because of your health problems. Social Security Disability benefits, and the monthly checks they provide, could now be the key to maintaining your financial stability.

But you wonder, “How do you apply for disability benefits?” Maybe you’ve heard that the process is complicated.

Help is here.

The attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill have helped thousands of people apply for disability.

We can guide you through every step. On this page, we’ll explain the basics of applying.

We know this is about more than just money—it’s about protecting your independence and dignity.

If you can’t work, let us go to work to get you benefits.

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Yakima man wonders if he qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits.

How Do I Know if I Qualify for Benefits?

Social Security has these conditions to qualify for disability benefits:

  • You worked and have a substantial record of paying into the Social Security system.
  • Because of health problems, you cannot continue in your job.
  • You also cannot switch to another job.
  • Your medical conditions have lasted, or will last, at least a year — or eventually lead to death.

Bothwell & Hamill has been helping people prove they meet these conditions for years in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and across Central Washington.

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How to Apply for Disability: The Evidence You Submit

To meet the qualifications above, you have to show Social Security the evidence.

Evidence in a Social Security Disability case includes:

  • Medical test results
  • Reports from medical exams
  • Statements from doctors
  • Lists of medications
  • Statements from people who know you
  • Details on the demands of your job

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits when you can’t work can seem like a lot of work.

You’re probably not feeling like taking on a big project right now. This is what the disability attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill are for.

Remember this: You earned these benefits when you worked and paid into the Social Security system. You shouldn’t let the legwork scare you away from getting all the financial help you can.

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Sunnyside man stressing over Social Security Disability hearing

Does My Health Problem Qualify for Disability Benefits?

You can get Social Security Disability benefits with just about any medical condition.

But proving that your health problem is severe enough to keep you from working can look different with different diseases.
You can see what the disability qualifying process looks like for several illnesses:

Yakima woman needs to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

How Your Lawyer Helps You Apply for Disability

One of the top tips to know about how to apply for disability benefits is that it’s a good idea to work with a lawyer from the very beginning of your Social Security Disability application.

That way you can avoid mistakes that hurt your chances of winning benefits later.

This is what your disability attorney does for you:

  • Helps you fill out all the forms
  • Gathers your medical evidence
  • Gathers your work history
  • Makes sure your information is complete
  • Makes sure your information is correct
  • Makes sure you provide the information that Social Security wants
  • Keeps you on top of important deadlines
  • Prepares you to speak to a disability judge if needed

When your health is giving you trouble, and your energy level isn’t what it used to be, a lawyer eases your burden.

And because of the rule that you don’t pay an attorney fee until you win benefits, the risk is low for you.

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Why Social Security Denies Claims Like Yours

Even after all of this, most people get denied when they first apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security has thousands of rules, regulations and procedures.

Denials can happen for many reasons:

  • Your doctor doesn’t know the legal definition of a disability.
  • A Social Security employee fails to obtain medical records.
  • Social Security finds an error or inconsistency in your information.

When you run into any of these problems, you can file an appeal.

Appeals give you a chance to correct these issues and still win benefits.

If you reach the stage of a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ), one government study found your chances of approval are almost three times higher if you have a representative like a lawyer with you.

Tom Bothwell of Bothwell & Hamill has more experience in Social Security Disability than any other attorney in Central Washington.

Don’t take chances with your financial future. If you’re wondering “how do I apply for disability benefits,” get in touch with us.

Social Security Disability income could go a long way toward keeping you on steady ground while you’re dealing with health problems that stop you from doing everything you used to do.

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He (Tom Bothwell) personally helped me fill (out) and file my claim. It was approved on applying.”

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