When a person suffers a disability that prevents them from working for at least one year or is expected to end in death, they can apply for Social Security disability benefits (also known as SSD or SSDI). Disabled individuals can apply for these benefits online, at their local Social Security office, or over the phone.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives thousands of applications every year and, unfortunately, they deny far more than they accept. Don’t give up hope if your application is denied at first. Many valid claims go on to be approved during the appeals process.
If you have been denied the disability benefits you need, or you would like to apply, our Charlottesville disability lawyers are here to help. Contact us now for a free discussion about how Marks & Harrison can help you pursue SSD benefits.
There are many medical conditions that are eligible for SSDI. Some of the most common of these include:
Many other conditions can also qualify an individual for SSD benefits. Some of these include chronic migraines, digestive system disorders, respiratory conditions, and autoimmune system disorders, among many others.
The SSA will consider five factors iwhen reviewing your application to determine if you qualify for disability benefits. These include:
A Charlottesville disability lawyer can help determine whether your condition could qualify for SSDI.
There are several differences between SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The main difference is that SSDI is available to individuals who have accumulated an appropriate number of work credits. SSI on the other hand, is available to individuals who have a low income and have never worked, or have not earned enough work credits to qualify for disability insurance.
You can apply for disability benefits at your local Social Security office, or you can apply by calling Social Security’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. You can also apply for these benefits online.
The SSA denies approximately 70 percent of the applications they receive. However, this does not make you ineligible for benefits. If your claim is denied, you can appeal the denial. More than half of the applicants that appeal the denial are later approved to receive SSDI.
In Virginia, you must first submit a request for reconsideration, which simply asks the SSA to review your application again. Most individuals will have to go one step further, and appear at a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ).
If your claim is denied by an ALJt, you can appeal to the Appeals Council. If ,it is still denied at that point, you can take the case to federal court.
If you qualify for Social Security Disability insurance, the amount of benefits you receive is based on the taxes you paid. The severity of your disability and the amount of assets you have are not taken into consideration.
The average amount of benefits paid out to disabled individuals is between $800 and $1,800. If you receive disability benefits from another source, this could affect the amount of benefits you receive from Social Security.
Due to the nature of being in the military, veterans are typically more susceptible to suffering from a medical condition than civilians. The most common disabilities suffered by veterans include:
Veterans often find it just as difficult to collect disability benefits as civilians, so they should always work with an attorney when filing a claim. Depending on the source of the disabling condition, veterans may be able to pursue benefits from the VA as well as or instead of the SSA.
When veterans suffer from disabilities related to their military service, they can apply for veterans’ benefits from the Veterans’ Administration. These benefits can include disability compensation and disability pension, vocational rehabilitation services, educational assistance, life insurance, and home loans programs.
If you are unable to work because of a disability and need benefits to pay for daily expenses and more, contact Marks & Harrison today. Our disability lawyers in Charlottesville know how to file applications and appeal the denials to give you the best chance of receiving the benefits you need.
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