Some Facts about Social Security Disability Insurance

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available for every worker who has worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In order to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance:

  • You must be unable to do any substantial work because of a medical problem (physical or mental), and
  • Your disability must have lasted or be expected to last for at least one year OR to result in your death.

To qualifying for disability, you need not be disabled permanently. For example, if you get better with therapy or medical treatment after a year or more of substantial disability, you may still be entitled to benefits for that period of disability.

The initial application process can take 3-6 months and your payments cannot begin until your 6th month of disability.

The difficulty with obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance is that it is an all-or-nothing system. The Social Security Administration has very strict guidelines and criteria that must be met in order to qualify for SSDI payments. The SSA does not recognize partial disability as qualifying you for SSDI benefits , and it is not enough just for your doctor to say you are disabled.

You must prove to the SSA that you are disabled, and you must prove it using the kind of evidence the SSA requires. Unfortunately, it is not always clear how an individual's disability case will fit into SSA's guidelines. This causes many Social Security Disability applications to be rejected at first.

The first rejection of an SSDI claim is when it is critical for people to talk to a Social Security appeals lawyer like myself.

I am SSDI appeals attorney Richard Gutstadt, and I have been helping people appeal Social Security Disability denials for 40 years. My legal team and I work hard to build a strong case for your benefits. Your case will be based on medical and non-medical evidence, and our job is to communicate that information in terms that the Social Security Administration will understand.

I have helped thousands of ill and injured people get the Social Security benefits they desperately needed. Contact my Oakland law office for help with your SSDI appeal: (510) 992-6934.

Do Not Give Up If Your SSDI Claim Has Been Rejected

It is common for the Social Security Administration to reject initial applications. Do not give up. Many applications are eventually approved, but you must stick with it and file an appeal within 60 days of receiving a rejection letter.

Learn more about how my Oakland law office may be able to help you with your Social Security Disability appeal.

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