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3 things to remember when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2024 | Firm News |

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be daunting, but it can be a life-altering opportunity for individuals who are unable to work due to a disability.

Whether you’re just starting the application process or you’ve encountered hurdles along the way, understanding the foundations of this opportunity can help streamline the process and increase your chances of a successful claim.

Eligibility criteria

Before diving into the application process, confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) set forth is important. Generally, to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must:

  • Have an illness that compromises your ability to engage in substantial gainful activity
  • Have an illness that’s estimated to last for at least one year or result in death
  • Have faithfully been paying into the Social Security system through payroll taxes
  • Meet the SSA’s definition of disability

To support your claim, gather relevant medical documentation, including:

  • Medical records detailing your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
  • Statements from healthcare providers outlining the severity of your condition and its impact on your ability to work
  • Laboratory and test results confirming your diagnosis and illustrating the extent of your impairment

Confirming that you have comprehensive documentation can strengthen your case and expedite the review process.

The application process

Once you’ve determined your eligibility and gathered the necessary documentation, you can begin the application process. You can apply for SSDI benefits online, by phone or in person at your local Social Security office.

The SSDI application process can be lengthy, with initial reviews taking several months or more. It’s essential to exercise patience and stay informed about the status of your claim. You may be required to attend medical evaluations or provide additional documentation during the review process.

The appeals process

If your initial SSDI claim is denied, don’t lose hope. You can appeal the decision through the SSA’s reconsideration process. During this stage, a different examiner will review your claim, and you may have the opportunity to submit additional evidence to support your case.

If your claim is denied upon reconsideration, you can request an administrative hearing before an administrative law judge. This hearing provides an opportunity to present your case in person or alongside a legal team.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is a complex process that requires careful attention to detail and perseverance. By understanding the basics and seeking support from an experienced legal team, you can maximize your chances of a filing a successful claim.



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