Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can provide necessary financial assistance to those who are unable to work as a result of a physical or mental disability. However, the application process can be confusing and time consuming, and the outcome uncertain.
On average, 58% of SSD applications are denied annually. Of those, a mere 3% are approved following reconsideration and another 13% approved following a SSD hearing. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.]
Approval of your application depends on properly submitting complicated paperwork with detailed medical evidence and work history. That means, not understanding all of the fine print can result in a denial of benefits. If you are disabled and considering applying for SSD benefits, don’t feel discouraged by the process.
The experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers of John Bales Attorneys have guided many others through this process—and they are ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation or to request an informational handbook from our staff.
John Bales Attorneys Can Help You Navigate the SSD Application Process
In 2010, 2.7 million disabled workers applied for SSD benefits; but only about 940,000 applications were approved. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.] SSD claims can be denied for nonmedical reasons (such as too few “work credits”) or medical reasons.
To qualify for SSD benefits, you must meet the U.S. Social Security Administration’s strict definition of disability. You can qualify for SSD if you meet all of the three criteria listed below:
- You cannot do the work you did before;
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions or disabilities; and
- You have a disability that has lasted for one year, expect your disability to last for one year, or expect to die as a result of your disability.
If you apply for SSD, the Social Security Administration will evaluate whether you are disabled, and whether you have enough “work credits” (meaning, whether you have paid enough into Social Security through your taxes).
In addition, you must also meet certain eligibility requirements relating to work history, income, medical condition(s), and more.
Contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers understand the application and appeals processes; and can help you navigate this process. Contact us today to learn more or to request an informational handbook from our staff.
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If you are applying for SSD benefits, contact the team of Social Security lawyers and client managers of John Bales Attorneys today. The SSD application process can be time-consuming, complex, and frustrating; and we want to help you get the benefits you are owed.
Your disability has impacted your life enough—don’t go through the SSD application process alone. Our Social Security attorneys and client managers can help you understand what benefits are available to you and guide you through the process.
With John Bales Attorneys, you can feel confident supported by an experienced and compassionate law firm. We will keep you up to date throughout the entire process, and will do our best to answer any questions you may have along the way.
If you are disabled and unable to work, contact us today so we can begin working on your claim and you can get on with living.
Life does not wait. Why should you?
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