Social Security Disability Information Center
If your disability is expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Working closely with an attorney who will explain your rights and options can help you make decisions that are in your best interests. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation and case evaluation with an experienced attorney.
Social Security Disability – An Overview
If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or if you are in the midst of appealing a denial of benefits, it is important to understand the Social Security Administration’s approval process. In addition to meeting the definition of “disabled” and fulfilling the earnings requirements that the Social Security Administration (SSA) dictates, you must present a convincing and organized claim.
An experienced Social Security Disability attorney from Law Offices of Judith S. Leland, APLC in Downey, CA, can offer insight and guidance in your pursuit of benefits.
What Are Social Security Disability Benefits?
If your disability prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides monthly benefits to people who meet strict criteria concerning work history and disability level. Because the application and appeals process is complicated, the assistance of an attorney can be enormously helpful.
Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
The federal Social Security Disability program provides benefits to qualified disabled individuals. The program sets out numerous requirements for recipients, including a strict definition of disability and a minimum work history.
The Social Security Disability Application Process
If you become disabled and your condition is expected to last for at least one year (or end in death), consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The sooner you start the application process, the less time you will have to wait for your benefits. The process can take a long time and require intensive documentation. It may be necessary to appeal a negative decision. The help of an attorney can guide you through the complex and demanding process.
The Decision and Appeal
The Social Security Disability benefits application and appeals process can seem daunting. The more you know, however, the better your chance of presenting your application in the best light possible. If you receive a negative decision, you have several opportunities to appeal it.
Social Security Disability Resource Links
Social Security Online
The US Social Security Administration (SSA) is dedicated to protecting individuals’ economic security through programs including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Look here for useful information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about Social Security Disability benefits and how to apply for them.
Medline Plus: Disabilities
The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide health information and numerous other resources for people with disabilities.
What You Should Know before You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration answers frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability
Q: How do I know if I am “disabled” enough to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?
A: The Social Security Administration (SSA) says that a successful applicant for disability benefits must be completely disabled. This is unlike some other programs and insurance policies that assist partially disabled persons. The disability must be a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last at least one year (or has already lasted one year) or will result in the applicant’s death. This does not mean, however, that the applicant has to be permanently disabled.
Q: What if my application for benefits is denied?
A: If your application is denied, you may appeal the decision. There are several levels of appeal: reconsideration of your claim; a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ); review by the Appeals Council; and review by the federal district court. You have a limited time in which to file the appeals, however. The advice and assistance of an attorney can help you make a stronger case during the appeals process.