Financial benefits are available to people who are unable to work because of a temporary or permanent disability. The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) is intended to help people who have worked in the past. SSDI benefits can be a source of financial assistance to help pay for necessities when a disability makes it impossible for a person to continue working.
You may be eligible to collect SSDI benefits if you have been diagnosed with a condition that makes you unable to work. You should be aware that SSDI is a type of insurance that you have paid money toward when you were working.
SSDI benefits are not the same as other benefits that you may be eligible for when you are unable to work. Workers’ compensation, private insurance, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are all different types of coverage that are not SSDI. This insurance is not a welfare program or form of government assistance. It is funded by payroll taxes. To receive SSDI benefits you need to have already worked to earn them so you should not feel as if you are applying for a handout.
There are a lot of requirements and regulations related to filing for SSDI benefits. The qualification process is lengthy in nature, and both the Pennsylvania Disability Determination Services office and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will scrutinize your application to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. Your age, work history, diagnosis date, and treatment needs will be taken into consideration when these agencies are deciding whether to approve your application.
Approximately three-quarters of all applications for SSDI benefits are denied. Many of these applications relate to a valid disability, but the SSA will deny applications if they are incomplete or do not provide accurate information.
Gathering adequate proof by speaking with your medical providers can be difficult. You may even feel physically unable to complete the application process because of the side effects of your disability. Retaining an attorney to help you with the process is the best way to ensure that your application will be complete and accurate.
Judges are assigned to your case when you apply for SSDI benefits. The Pennsylvania Disability Determination Services Office will also review your application to decide whether you are truly eligible for benefits. The process can be intimidating since it involves so many people in deciding whether you can collect SSDI benefits to pay for housing, food, and other necessities. The process can feel isolating when you aren’t sure how these determinations are made.
A skilled, knowledgeable SSDI attorney is prepared to fight aggressively to get you the benefits that you need. Attorneys who have experience with SSDI cases know how to comply with regulations to avoid a denial. If you do find that your application is denied, a law office can review your denial notice to create a plan to appeal.
If you have a spouse, child or grandchild who depends on you for financial support, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits to cover their needs, as well. Struggling with a disability can be even more difficult when you know that your family is depending on you to pay for necessities like a place to live and food to eat.
When you know your family needs your SSDI benefits, contact an attorney to help get your case approved. Attorneys who have handled SSDI cases in the past know how to take dependent family members into consideration when completing your application. The best interests of both you and your family members will be taken into consideration by your attorney. Get started today by scheduling a free consultation with an attorney at our law firm.