If you’ve been injured, become sick, or are living with a debilitating mental illness, and your condition prevents you from working full time at your previous job, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.
All workers in the US pay a portion of their earnings toward Social Security, as part of a federal disability and retirement insurance program. The program is not a “handout,” but rather a means of protecting the nation’s workers who encounter disabling conditions, just like any other insurance coverage.
The application and approval process can be complicated, take a long time, and be hard to manage when you’re also dealing with a disability.
This is why it’s a smart idea to get legal help with your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim.
What is SSDI and who qualifies?
SSDI is an insurance program that protects you if you become disabled and are unable to work for 12 months or longer.
About SSDI >
How do I apply for benefits?
You can fill out an application online on your own, or you can request the assistance of a lawyer.
Applying for benefits >
How do I file an appeal?
There are four levels of appeal and most people who receive SSDI are approved through the appeal process.
Filing and appeal >
Do I need an attorney?
It is not necessary, but it is a good idea to ensure your case is presented in the best possible way.
Working with an attorney >
The process of applying for and getting approved for SSDI (or SSI, a related program) can be daunting. The system is huge and bureaucratic and can take an incredible amount of time and effort to navigate.
Most people (about 80%) who apply for SSDI are turned down at the initial application stage, but this does not mean they aren’t disabled or eligible for benefits!
If you’re turned down at this point, do not give up, there are several stages beyond this where your claim can be reviewed more closely. The majority of people who eventually are approved and receive benefits based on their disability succeed because they persisted beyond this initial phase.
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