Questions about SSDI are common. After all, it is a government benefits program, and government programs are usually confusing. If you are wondering whether SSDI benefits could help you, you need to talk to a disability attorney as soon as possible. In fact, we can help answer your questions, submit your application, and generally help every step of the way.
What Is SSDI?
The abbreviation SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. The Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) manages two disability programs: SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Who Can Get SSDI Benefits?
Only people who have worked in jobs that were covered by Social Security can qualify. However, that is not the only criteria. In addition to having a disabling condition, your eligibility also relies on your work history. You must have earned enough work credits to qualify. Since eligibility requirements can be complicated, make sure you talk to an attorney before applying.
What Kind of Proof of Disability Do I Need?
First, the Social Security caseworker reviewing your application will make sure you actually a disabling medical condition. The caseworker may review your application and supporting documents. He or she will also gather copies of medical reports, lab results, and other medical records before making a decision.
Besides, you have to provide information about yourself, like your birth certificate and ID.
How Long Will It Take to Get Benefits?
Some cases take longer than others. Social Security estimates it might take three to five months to get a decision on your application. The timeline can extend by quite a bit if you have to appeal a denial.
Also, keep in mind that there is a five-month waiting period. In most cases, you will not receive benefits for the first five months after your disability onset date.
Can I Appeal if My Request for Benefits Is Denied?
Yes. Of course, your first step is to discuss your denial with an experienced Social Security disability lawyer. Together, you may submit a request for reconsideration. In fact, there are three more steps in the appeal process, assuming Social Security denies your claim at each stage.
We Can Answer Your Questions About SSDI and Help You Get Started
It may be impossible to answer all your questions in this short article. Social Security disability law is complicated, and the application process is frustrating.
For a free consultation with an experienced Social Security attorney, consult with an attorney at The Law Offices of Martin Taller. Call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients through Southern California from our home office in Anaheim.