How To Pursue SSDI Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) exists to provide benefits to those unable to work because of a health condition or disability. Unfortunately, benefits can be difficult to obtain, due to the complexity of the application process and the strict guidelines for qualification.
At Hilado Law, PLLC, in Orlando, we have provided advocacy services to the injured and disabled since 1993. We can guide you through the SSDI application process and help you with case appeals if necessary. We understand how frustrating it is to be disabled and have to deal with bureaucratic procedures.
Below are questions we frequently receive regarding SSDI.
Who Is Eligible For SSDI?
Social Security defines disability as a medical problem or physical issue that keeps you from performing any significant amount of work for at least 12 months. SSDI measures the level of functional capability and work capacity of an applicant to determine disability.
SSA requires that an applicant has accumulated sufficient years of work (defined as work credits) to be eligible for SSDI. The applicant’s education and training are taken into account when considering equivalent work at other employment.
How Is SSDI Eligibility Determined?
Social Security Disability benefits pays recipients monthly as long as they meet eligibility requirements. Disability recipients may also earn income from work, generally just above $1,000.
The Social Security Administration judges the eligibility of applicants by using detailed criteria. They look at how your functional capacity is affected by your health condition or injury, and if you can do another type of work based on your education and your functional ability.
What Benefits Are Available?
If you qualify, you will receive monthly payments. The amount of your payment is based on the income that had Social Security taxes deducted. SSA will not pay for the first five months of your disability.
What’s The First Step In The SSDI Application Process?
The first step in the process is filling out an SSDI application, which includes work, medical and financial history. It is essential to include evidence about your condition that supports your eligibility under the SSD criteria. Many applicants get professional assistance to apply for SSDI benefits.
What Happens After The Application Is Submitted?
After the application is submitted to the Social Security Administration, it could be approved or denied. If your application is denied, then you may request a reconsideration of your case. This could include a hearing before an administrative law judge. It can take from several months to two years from application to the receipt of benefits.
To appeal a denial, many applicants retain the services of a lawyer.
Contact Us Today For Help
At Hilado Law, our track record of results and client testimonials speak for themselves. We serve clients in Orlando and the greater Orange County area. Hilado Law, PLLC, works on a contingency basis, so you do not pay legal fees unless we win your case. Give us a call at 407-686-1723 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with a SSDI attorney.
Our friendly staff keeps you up to date on the progress of your case, working swiftly and effectively to pursue the SSDI benefits you deserve.