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How does the SSA decide if you are disabled?

If you are unable to work due to a serious illness or injury, you may be unsure of how you will pay bills, take care of your children and support your Alabama family. No one ever plans on suffering from a disabling condition, and experiencing this type of setback can be financially and emotionally devastating.

Fortunately, you may be eligible for benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If you believe you may have a rightful claim to this type of support, you would be wise to seek a full understanding of the eligibility requirements and the application process.

Proving that you are eligible for benefits

SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have paid into Social Security throughout their years of employment. You may apply for SSDI benefits if your medical care provider expects your injury, condition or illness to last for at least 12 months. There is a five-month waiting period for these benefits, during which the SSA will evaluate your case and determine if you are truly disabled.

Disability benefits applications go through a careful and thorough review process, and those employed with the task of determining if you are truly disabled look for information and proof of the following:

  • Impairments suffered by the claimant
  • Treatment sources
  • Other important information that may pertain to the disability

The Social Security Administration will also use local agencies, sometimes called Disability Determination Services, to verify other pertinent information. This information includes age, marital status, employment history and Social Security coverage.

Applicants frequently receive a denial of their initial disability claim, often because the completion of the application was incomplete or the appropriate documentation was not included. You have a better chance of a successful SSDI claim by first securing the assistance of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.

What if they decide you are not truly disabled?

It is truly disheartening to receive a denial for your claim for SSDI benefits. This is frustrating, but it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to continue to pursue your rightful benefits, and with the help of an attorney, you can appeal, keep fighting and eventually secure what you need for your family. From the very beginning of the application process, you would be wise to work with a legal ally who knows how to guide you through the complicated SSDI process.

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