As a teacher, nurse, office worker or other professional who has been hurt on or off the job, you deserve an opportunity to get the support you need as you recovery. If you cannot return to your job for at least 12 months because of your injuries or an illness, then one of the benefits you might want to look into is Social Security Disability Insurance.
Social Security Disability Insurance provides coverage to those who have worked long enough to pay enough into the SSDI benefits system. If you have 40 credits, or if you have enough credits based on your age, then you will be able to apply for SSDI if you cannot return to work.
The disability application process
Regardless of what your job was, the disability application process is similar. You will need to include information about the injuries or illness that you have that prevent you from working. You’ll need to have letters or information from your employer about your inability to work, too, if you’d like to boost the likelihood of approval.
For example, you could ask the school principal to write a letter explaining how much work you’ve missed and the struggles you’ve had on the days when you could work. Or, a hospital colleague could write a letter about what they’ve seen when you’re on the job. Even managers or other office professionals may be able to provide you with a note that goes over the challenges you’ve been dealing with.
Along with these testimonies, it’s important to have as many recent test results as possible. For example, you may need to have imaging scans to show a brain injury or diagnostic papers to describe an illness you’re dealing with.
You can apply for benefits to help you through this challenge
No matter what job you did in the past, if you cannot work now, you can see benefits to help you. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be a challenge, but it’s possible to complete a thorough application and seek the benefits you need, so you can begin to get the compensation necessary to support yourself.