If you were working before becoming disabled you could be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. Social Security Disability (SSD), officially known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is part of the Social Security Program which pays retirement benefits to retired people.
SSDI is for people who have been working and paying into the Social Security system out of their paychecks. You have been paying into the system and had to stop working due to illness or injury. You know this, but you still have to prove it to the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are forms to fill out and you will need to provide medical documentation in order to support your claim.
If this sounds complicated and like a good amount of work, that’s because it is. When you are injured, stressed from being out of work, and possibly in pain, you don’t need the additional stress of having to make sure the forms are correctly filled out. And if your claim gets rejected due to an oversight, you are looking at doing it all over again, which is the last thing you need.
The good news is that Help4thePeople has experience going up against the system and has had great success in having first time claims accepted, as well as winning appeals for claims denied the first time. Our Disability Lawyers know the SSDI system and what the SSA is looking for when it comes to accepting or rejecting disability claims.
Applying for disability benefits can be a complicated process. You will need to provide considerable medical documentation in order to prove that you meet the criteria for disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to not only see the medical information that shows the illness or injury, but you would also have to show how your disability impedes or prevents you from being able to work.
You will also have to provide your work history for the past 15 years. The SSA will match that against your payment records into the Social Security system. You will need to have worked enough for a period of years to receive the work credits necessary to receive SSDI benefits.
In many cases, an applicant may well qualify for Social Security disability benefits but the application was missing information or documentation that would have demonstrated to the SSA that the applicant was qualified.
Your Social Security disability lawyer will contact your doctors and compile your medical reports. Your attorney can also have the medical professionals fill out questionnaires. Your attorney will gather this information in order to make the strongest possible case for your disability benefits claim.
Your SSDI lawyer can also work with you to compile your work history which is necessary to proving your eligibility for disability benefits.
In most cases, you will not receive benefits upon initially becoming disabled. The SSA needs to know that you are unable to work for at least one year. Because of this, most SSDI claims will involve back payments for the time you became disabled and unable to work, but were not receiving any income.
Unfortunately, most disability claims that are filed are initially denied. In many cases, the applicant actually does meet the qualifications for disability benefits but was turned down by the SSA because of missing or incomplete information.
This amounts to roughly two-thirds of claims that are denied by the SSA. If you appeal the denial of your disability benefits claim, you have a better chance of success at about 50%. Your chances are even better than that if you have a disability attorney takes your case.
If your initial application for SSDI benefits was turned down, your Social Security Disability Lawyer can make sure that any information missing from your initial disability claim is included. Your attorney will not only compile your medical records, but will make the case on appeal for how and why your disability prevents you from working.
Disability attorneys operate on a contingency fee, meaning that you only pay them if your case is successful. The attorney fee will be deducted from your award so you will never pay out of pocket.
There is also no charge for a consultation with a disability attorney so you have nothing to lose if you think you might be eligible for benefits, but not totally sure.
Help4thePeople can not only provide you information on disability benefits, we are also connected to a nationwide directory of experienced disability attorneys who can help you chances of filing a successful disability benefits claim or appeal.
If you haven’t filed for disability benefits yet, Help4thePeople can greatly increase your chances of approval. If you have already filed and your claim was denied, Help4thePeople is there to help with your appeal.