Are You Disabled and Unable to Work? You May be Entitled to Disability Benefits
If you have been injured on the job or in a car accident, or for some other reason you have become disabled, you may be concerned about how you will be able to take care of yourself and your family. Fortunately, that money that was withheld from your paycheck every month you ever worked (FICA) is for more than just retirement. Fifteen cents of every dollar you and your employer paid into Social Security went to fund the Social Security Disability Insurance program, or SSDI, to pay people who can no longer work due to disability.
Even though you may be entitled to social security disability benefits, however, you should know that up to two-thirds of all applications for SSDI are turned down by the Social Security Administration. It is hard to imagine an insurance program denying so many claims. AttorneyClientMatch.com can connect you with a lawyer who knows the best way to for the first time, and also what to do when your application for benefits has been denied. We will fight to see that you receive every dollar you are entitled to. (Sometimes benefits for other family members such as children are available, too.)Determining Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance
Generally, there are several elements that must be proven in order to qualify for SSDI, including:
- You must be either permanently disabled from working or have a significantly diminished earning capacity for the rest of your life.
- You must provide medical certification that your injury is either permanent or is expected to last a year or more or eventually result in death.
- You must have enough earnings to qualify, which will depend on how much you have worked and when.
Determining eligibility for SSDI is a complicated process that takes into account your work history, physical/medical condition, age, education and job skill levels. Generally speaking, you need to have been working in five out of the past ten years and have enough “work credits.” Likewise, the amount you can receive in benefits is determined by how much you paid in, your average earnings over your lifetime, and other complicated formulas.Don't Give Up if You Have Been Denied SSDI
The process for obtaining SSDI benefits is complicated and can go on for several months, only to end with a denial of benefits from Social Security. Many people believe they don’t have other options and simply give up out of frustration. There are, however, many steps that can be taken even after a denial of benefits, including:
- Reconsideration Hearing
- Appeals Council Review
- District Court Lawsuit
- Circuit Court Appeal
Don't let government bureaucracy get the better of you. Our lawyers are knowledgeable and persistent and don't give up until they have exhausted every avenue available to get you the benefits you need and deserve.Get Help Today with Your Social Security Disability Claim
An attorney from Attorney Client Match will have the skills and abilities necessary to forcefully argue your case in administrative proceedings before the Social Security Administration or in federal court if necessary. Let us help you through the process so you have the best chance of success in receiving your benefits in a timely manner. Contact AttorneyClientMatch.com today at (888) 636-6700 to speak with an experienced social security disability lawyer in your area. Our attorneys represent clients across the state of Georgia, including Atlanta, Decatur, Marietta, Macon and Rome.