Filing for Social Security Disability benefits can be difficult and frustrating, especially when you have disabling medical conditions. The benefits application process can be lengthy, and many applications are initially denied. Fortunately, a Clearfield disability application lawyer from our firm can guide you through the application process if you are in this situation.
The attorneys of Berger and Green can help ensure that the Social Security Administration has the information it needs to make a fair determination about your case. We also can assist you with the appeals process if your application is denied. Call us today to get more information about applying and qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.
Applying for Social Security Disability
Whether you are applying for SSDI, SSI, or both, you are subject to specific eligibility requirements. There are separate applications for SSDI and SSI, and you will need to provide different pieces of information for each.
You will need to provide:
- Medical information to establish your disability
- Identifying information
- Information about your education and work history
You must have one or more medical conditions that meet the SSA definition of disability to qualify for either type of Social Security Disability benefits. However, the non-medical eligibility standards for these programs differ substantially.
Disabled individuals may qualify for SSDI only if they paid Social Security payroll taxes over time. You must have a certain amount of work credits to be eligible for SSDI. The amount or duration of work you must have to qualify for SSDI varies according to your age. As a result, SSDI is known as a benefits program for disabled workers.
SSI benefits are restricted to those who do not have enough work credits to qualify them for SSDI benefits. Additionally, recipients must have very limited income and resources or assets to remain eligible for SSI benefits. SSI is a program primarily for individuals from low-income households who have little to no work history.
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Defining Disability for Social Security Disability
Qualifying for Social Security Disability requires that you meet the SSA definition of disability. You must present evidence of a diagnosis supported by medical findings and showing that you have a disability that prevents you from working or engaging in substantial gainful activity.
If you are working and earning income over a certain amount each month, then SSA assumes that you can engage in substantial gainful activity. If this is the case, you would be ineligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
You also must prove that your medical conditions likely will last for at least 12 months or result in your death. Social Security Disability benefits primarily are for long-term, chronic, and severe diseases, medical conditions, and injuries, as well as for terminal illnesses.
You can learn more about how the SSA defines disabilities by calling Berger and Green today.
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Appealing a Denial of Social Security Disability
Many, if not most, applicants will receive an initial denial of Social Security Disability benefits. You have the right to appeal the denial of any Social Security Disability claim within 60 days. The appellate process involves several steps that can be challenging to follow and complete. Getting the assistance of a lawyer can make filing an appeal much easier.
The appeals process goes through several stages, including submitting a request for reconsideration and attending a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. You must meet strict deadlines for every stage to keep your claim going through the appeals process.
A lawyer from our firm can help you understand your rights and responsibilities concerning your application for Social Security Disability benefits.
Why You Should Consider Partnering With a Social Security Disability Lawyer
Even a small error can derail your Social Security Disability application and result in a denial of benefits. A Clearfield disability application lawyer can assess your impairments, analyze your medical records, and ensure that your SSA file has all available information.
If an appeal becomes necessary, we also can prepare your case, help you understand what to expect at an appeal hearing, present evidence, and question witnesses as needed. The attorneys of Berger and Green can help you through every stage of the Social Security Disability application and appeals process. Call us today at
(412) 661-1400 for more information.