Disability benefits are not easy to get. The application process is arduous, and often confusing. A Social Security disability lawyer can assist you, but you should be aware that the preparation can be tedious. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives an application with incomplete medical documents or faulty paperwork, that application is almost guaranteed to be denied. A recent study found that about 60% of total SSA disability applications are denied.
A lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability can help you take care of everything that needs to be filed. This attorney can also show you how the application process works. It is important that you have continued treatment, and that you keep track of all receipts and filings for the various medical professionals you visit for your health care.
Keeping a timeline of your recovery and treatment will likely be beneficial to you. This will help the attorney present a narrative of your disability, and your advocacy for yourself. Demonstrating that you are taking the proper steps to help yourself is something the SSA wants to see in your application.
To qualify, you must have a disability that falls into the SSA’s list of covered disabilities, and your “total” disability must have prevented you for working for at least the last 12 months.
You also have to have worked for a company that pays into the Social Security trust fund by paying FICA taxes. For at least five of the past ten years, you need to have had a job where part of your payroll went to pay for SSDI coverage.
If you can prove that you have earned SSDI disability benefits, you will receive these benefits until you are able to return to work.