If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you could be facing a long legal process that can take up to two years or longer. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to see that you meet the qualifications for disability benefits. It will be necessary to show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your disability prevents you from working for more than 12 months.
Since SSDI is based on your work history and how much you have paid into the Social Security system, you will also need to show the SSA that you have worked enough hours and paid into the system to qualify for benefits.
The nature of the disability that keeps you from working will require medical documentation. You will also need to specifically show how your disability prevents you from being able to work. Medical documentation can include records of your diagnoses and treatment, test results including X-rays or MRI scans, proof of hospital stays and emergency room visits, and any notes from doctors and medical professionals who are treating your conditions.
The SSA will also require proof of your employment history so that they can determine the amount of work credits that you have accumulated in order to qualify. The work credits and amounts paid into your Social Security benefits will also be used to determine the amount of your monthly disability benefits.
Nationwide, two-thirds of all SSDI applications are denied by the SSA on initial application. If your claim is denied, there are four levels of appeal. The appeals process can take up to two years.
Don't let the likelihood of being denied for SSDI benefits stop you from applying if you have become disabled and unable to work. If you are considering applying for SSDI or plan on appealing a benefits denial, having a disability attorney working for you can increase your chance of success. An experienced disability lawyer will be aware of what the SSA is looking for when it comes to approving or denying disability claims.