Georgia Disability Lawyers

What Do You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are benefits from the federal government for those who are disabled or otherwise unable to work. However, applying and qualifying for the program can be a confusing, time-consuming process.

Not only that but applying without proper legal guidance can result in a rejected claim from application errors, missing documentation, or other mistakes made during the application process. Let Georgia Social Security Disability Attorney Sam Earley guide you through the Social Security Disability claims process and increase your chance of having a successful claim.

What Are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are paid monthly to those who are unable to work because of a qualifying physical or mental condition. Well over 57 million Americans receive these benefits to replace a portion of their previous earnings before the onset of their disability or health condition.

What Are Some of the Medical Conditions that Can Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Because Social Security Disability Insurance was enacted to assist those who are no longer able to work due to a wide variety of medical reasons, there are a large number of disabilities and conditions that this federal provision covers.

These conditions and disabilities may include:

  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Anemia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Hearing Loss
  • Loss of Limb
  • Paralysis
  • PTSD
  • Renal Failure
  • Severe Burns
  • Spinal Paralysis
  • Vision Loss

Since your disabling condition will need to be verified via medical records, we can help you determine if your disability and other qualifications meet the requirements for Social Security Disability benefits along with collecting the appropriate medical history. Not only that, but our Georgia disability lawyers can also review your work history and record of Social Security payments to help determine eligibility.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

There are certain basic Social Security Disability Insurance requirements citizens need to meet in order to qualify for benefits. These requirements have to do with your health and how it impacts your ability to work.

These requirements are:

  1. You have a medical condition that lasts for at least one year and meets Social Security’s definition of disability, thus preventing you from working
  2. Your current earnings are below a certain level for the year and you’re not able to do any other type of work
  3. You are legally blind, a widow or widower, or a surviving divorced spouse of a deceased worker
  4. You are a disabled child or became disabled before reaching age 22

It’s important to note that this is a general summary of qualifications. You may meet one or more of the requirements in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

How Can I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

In order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must meet at least one of the above requirements. Along with meeting that requirement, your eligibility is also determined by your work history and the type and severity of your disability or injury. You also must have worked on average 5 out of the past 10 years.

Note: Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are not paid to people with only partial disabilities or short-term disabling conditions.

What Are The Most Common Mistakes Made When Applying For SSDI?

In order to prevent abuse of this federal program, there are specific steps, requirements, and documentation an applicant needs during the application process. If a mistake is made, their application will be denied. We’ve compiled some of the most common mistakes people make while applying for SSDI in order to help you avoid them:

  1. Incomplete/Inaccurate Medical Records
    To qualify for SSDI, the government needs to see documentation of your medical condition. Failure to fully provide these documents or including inaccurate documents can result in a denial of claims.
  2. Incomplete/Inaccurate Employment Documentation
    It’s essential to provide proof of past earnings in order for SSDI benefits to accurately compensate you. Any omissions or irregularities in this work history can cause an application to be rejected.
  3. Misunderstanding your disabling condition
    Your condition needs to prevent you from working. If you still can work certain jobs, you may be denied SSDI.
  4. Failure to Follow Medical Instructions
    Ignoring the doctor’s advice or refusing to take part in therapies or medical examinations may cause your SSDI application to be denied.
  5. Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
    A claim should be filed as soon as possible after you become disabled. Failure to do so may cause the rejection of your SSDI claim.

Why Choose The Law Offices of Sam Earley?

We make the complicated, confusing process of receiving SSDI benefits easy and simple. Our step-by-step process is designed to maximize your benefits while also taking care to ensure that nothing is missing from your claim.

An Experienced Disability Legal Team To Help You Win Your SSDI Claim

Due to the complexity of the social security disability benefits application process, first-time applications for Social Security Disability Insurance are often denied. Our Georgia disability lawyers can help guide you through the process to demonstrate that you satisfy the necessary requirements. This frequently entails helping you gather the appropriate medical records or testimonies regarding your disability. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.

Contact Our Georgia Disability Lawyers Today!

If you are ready to file a Social Security Disability claim and do not have an attorney, call Disability Lawyer Sam Earley at 770-881-7171 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation and enjoy personal service from a social security disability attorney who cares and enjoys helping people.