Trusted Guidance Through The Social Security Disability Benefits Process
Many of us look forward to retirement at age 65, but a sizable percentage of the working population must stop working sooner than that due to injuries that prevent them from performing their job duties. For some, it’s a permanent end to work. Others are able to return work, if not in their previous occupation, at least to another field of employment.
If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Unfortunately, more than 70 percent of initial claims for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Many are legitimate claims, but they are denied because the applicant failed to provide proper medical records or other supporting materials.
If your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, you have options. The good news is that more than half of the Social Security Disability applicants who follow up a denied claim with a request for a hearing are eventually awarded benefits. At Christensen Law Office, PC, we have more than 25 years of experience helping injured workers obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve.
Who Can Receive SSDI?
To qualify for SSDI, a person must have worked for a certain amount of time in jobs that were covered by Social Security. SSDI is funded through payroll taxes, thus, qualified applicants must have contributed to a federal disability benefit program through FICA withholdings or self-employment taxes. Disabled individuals who do not qualify for SSDI may be able to recover other benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Applicants must also have a serious medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. This can be the result of an accident or a chronic illness or caused by something else. It must significantly limit your ability to perform basic activities that are necessary to work, such as walking, standing, sitting or retaining information. The list of impairments that qualify for SSDI includes:
- Disorders of the musculoskeletal system
- Disorders of the eye or brain that cause loss of vision
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular impairment
- Endocrine disorders
- Skin disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Immune system disorders
Why It Makes Sense To Hire A Lawyer
The SSDI application process is complicated and time-consuming. If your initial application has been denied, you may feel uncertain about taking the next step. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer like Renee Christensen understands how to present a case to improve the chance that your claim will be approved. She understands the highly specialized language that is used and can advocate on your behalf.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your SSDI application and assist in winning approval. Call 605-335-1778 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. The initial meeting is free, and we only collect an attorney fee if we help you obtain benefits.