Take the Stress Out of Applying for Social Security Disability

Trust our social security disability attorney in Overland Park, KS & Kansas City, MO to walk you through the process

Applying for Social Security disability is more complicated and time consuming than it seems. And, unfortunately, an average of 63% of claims are denied. If you want to help your SSD claim get approved, turn to Besse Law Office P.A. in Overland Park, KS & Kansas City, MO.

Our Social Security disability lawyers will help you fill out all the forms correctly and make sure your doctor's report will work in your favor. You can also trust us to research what your benefits should amount to based on your earnings over the past 10 years. Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started.

What will you need to file for Social Security disability?

What will you need to file for Social Security disability?

You'll need quite a bit of information to file a Social Security disability claim. This includes information about:

  • Yourself - including your Social Security number and date of birth
  • Your job - including your income and a list of jobs you've had in the past 15 years
  • Your medical condition - including details about your injury or illness and the dates of medical tests you've had

When you work with us, everything can be submitted electronically for your convenience. Talk to our Social Security disability attorney today to get a full list of the documents you need.




Applying for your disability benefits can be a confusing process, and many people have questions about the Social Security disability qualifications.

If you have worked and paid FICA taxes for five of the last 10 years and have experienced a long-term illness or injury that will prevent you from working for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Besse Law Office can help determine if you meet the Social Security Administration's (SSA) strict definition of disability and if so, help you with the application process. "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. You are considered disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • It is determined that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.


If you apply for SSDI benefits, the SSA will use the following five-step process to decide if you are disabled.


  1. Are you working? If you are working and earning an average of $1,000 or more per month, the SSA typically will not consider you disabled. If you aren't working or are working and earning less than $1,000 per month, go on to Step 2.
  2. Has your medical condition been severe enough to limit your ability to perform basic work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, and remembering? Go on to Step 3. The SSA typically will not consider you disabled.
  3. Is your medical condition on the list of conditions that automatically qualify you as disabled? For each of the major body systems, there is a list of medical conditions that are so severe that they automatically qualify an individual under SSA's "disability" standard. If your condition is not on that list, it may still be found to be of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list.
  4. Is your medical condition so severe that it interferes with your ability to do the type of work you have previously done? If so, go on to Step 5. The SSA typically will not consider you disabled if you can do other types of work.
  5. Can you do any other type of work? The SSA typically will not consider you disabled if you can. You will likely be approved for SSDI benefits if you cannot.