Alaska Social Security Disability Insurance Claims

Social Security disability benefits are meant to help disabled Alaska residents who are unable to work maintain a certain quality of life.  The Social Security Administration decides who is eligible for benefits and how much the individual will receive in monthly payments.

Currently, 2.6 percent of Alaskan residents are receiving disability benefits. Each year, hundreds of Alaskan residents will apply for disability benefits. Unfortunately, the majority of first time applicants will have their application denied by the Social Security Administration.

How to Apply for Benefits

Disabled workers can apply for benefits online or they can make an appointment to file a disability claim at their local Social Security office or file a claim over the phone. Typically, the appointment will last an hour. Alaskan residents can make an appointment at any of the office location below:

  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan

If you need assistance applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, fill out the contact form on this page.

Application Time

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, it usually takes three to five months for an application to be processed. Once the state agency makes their decision on an individual’s eligibility for benefits, the applicant will be sent a letter. If the individual’s application is approved, the letter will stipulate how much the monthly payment will be and when they will start. However, if the application is rejected, the letter will detail why the benefits were denied.

On average, only one-third of initial applications are approved by the Social Security office.  We urge all individuals that are considering filing for Social Security disability benefits to seek legal counsel. An experienced SSD attorney can make sure you have the necessary documents to file for your disability benefits. Oftentimes, applicants will have their claims denied because they don’t have adequate documentation for their disability or their paperwork is filled out improperly.

SSD Payments for Alaskan Residents

Social Security Disability Insurance payments will vary from case to case.  The average monthly social security benefit payments, based off the 2012 calendar year were:

  • $1,100 for disabled workers
  • $1,185 for widowers/widows over 60 years of age
  • $1,878 for a disabled worker with a spouse and one or more minor children
  • $2,487 for a widowed mother with two children

Please keep in mind that the maximum allowable monthly payment for a retired worker over the age of 66 is $2,366.

Need Help With Your SSD Application?

Filing for Social Security disability benefits can be a complex and time-consuming process. The majority of initial applications are denied due to documentation errors or general ineligibility. A lawyer that is well-versed in SSD law can make sure that the application is filled out properly and that the appropriate documentation is sent to the state agency.  Having an experienced and reputable lawyer on your side will streamline the process and alleviate some of the stress.

To speak with a lawyer about your SSD claim, complete the contact form on the right. 

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