Living with a disability hindering the ability to work is difficult and worrisome. Being denied Social Security Disability benefits only adds to the stress of the situation, but education and insight into this program can help many receive the benefits they deserve. Without research on the requirements and protocol for receiving disability benefits, filing can be problematic and result in unforeseen issues. However, determining if you’re eligible for benefits doesn’t have to be daunting; in fact, the following article will help to clarify whether or not you’re eligible, as well as prepare you for the process to successfully apply for the program!
The First Step: Do I Qualify?
When it comes to Social Security Disability benefits, many who apply are denied. Although many situations may seem to fit the bill for this specific program, there are strict qualifications for disability. Some situations may be eligible for assistance through different government programs. For disability-specific benefits, the applicant must be considered “disabled” by the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments standards. In addition, the qualifying impairment must have lasted (or be expected to last) at least 12 months.
Although these are two main qualifications, there are other complicated qualification standards which may be better analyzed and explained to applicants by a knowledgeable attorney. Some of these qualifications are considered strict, and require knowledge of the program to comprehend—such as determining if your work history qualifies. Determining your eligibility status is an important part of securing disability benefits, and can save time and money in the long run by forecasting the probability of an accepted application.
I Think I Qualify—Now What?
When you and your attorney have determined your disability meets the qualifications for disability benefits, it’s time to apply. The process may seem overwhelming, but with the assistance of a seasoned professional it is far less difficult and stressful. Part of the process is waiting for the Social Security Administration to review and decide on your case, but prior research on what to expect can put you at ease! Application review by the SSA can take 3-5 months, which makes applying as soon as possible very important to receiving your much deserved benefits. Your attorney will keep you updated on any news or changes regarding your case during this time.
Where Can I Find An Attorney Experienced in Disability Benefits?
When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the program and its requirements. Consulting an individual who has insight on applying for disability benefits will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions arise or uncertainty on how to proceed. In addition, if your case is denied and you feel it should have been accepted, a lawyer already involved in your case can quickly help and guide you on where to go next.
Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful SSD/SSI cases, in addition to being a member of The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 to begin the process of receiving your disability benefits!