Advice to Help You Be Approved for Disability
Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance or supplemental security income benefits is not an easy process. In order to qualify, there are strict requirements that you must meet to become approved for either of these government-run benefits.
There are strategic measures that prospective SSDI claimants can do to increase your chances of approval for these critical entitlements. Here are a few practical tips for getting approved.
A Seasoned SSDI or SSI Attorney Can Help Clients Get Approved
Although it is possible to get approved for either SSDI or SSI benefits without legal counsel, it is a long, complicated, and often frustrating process.
A seasoned social security disability advocate can help you get through the complex process from start-to-finish. Gordon, Wolf & Carney will fight to get you the benefits you deserve.
Understanding the Basics of Social Security Disability Insurance Requirements
There are some key basic requirements that any claimant for SSDI benefits must meet to get their earned SSDI benefits. The prerequisites include – must have a serious/severe mental or physical disability that interferes with the person’s ability to work and to engage in activities of daily living.
Claimants must have documented medical evidence of their disability symptoms that have lasted or are expected to last at least 12 months and/or will result in death, either as a result of, or a complication of, the disabling condition. The Social Security Disability team at Gordon, Wolf & Carney will ensure that you have the medical evidence needed to support your claim.
SSDI Benefit Amounts Are Based on Claimant’s Past Work History
The amount that a claimant can expect if approved for SSDI is based on his or her work history and payroll tax contributions. If a claimant has not worked long enough or hasn’t worked within the past 5 years for first-time claims, he or she may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI benefits is a means-tested program for low-income people with less than $2,000 (or $3,000 for a couple) in assets.
Specific Helpful Tips for Filing or Appealing SSDI/SSI Claim
You will need to provide ample documentation of your specific impairment(s) and how your condition impacts your ability to work and to engage in everyday living activities.
Other tips include – always follow your doctor’s instructions. Make a list of your disabling conditions with an explanation of your symptoms and limitations. Don’t give details that aren’t related to the disability unless you are specifically asked. If you are unsure about how to answer a specific question, always consult your lawyer. Make sure that your medical documentation regarding your disability is up to date and still relevant at the time you file your claim.
Always tell the truth when talking to an SSDI representative or when providing medical and other information on the required claim application or appeal form. Getting caught in one or more lies can result in serious monetary fines, possible criminal charges, and a denial of benefits, now and in the future.
It is also important to be cooperative with any SSA representatives or Disability Determination Services (DDS) examiners who are trying to assess the merits of your claim. You may be asked to give an interview to discuss your condition, work history, and level of functionality.