Application Process

Around two-thirds of all SSD applications get denied, so you’ll want to make sure you do it right the first time to avoid delays in getting the help you need.  Before you begin the Social Security Disability application process, it is wise to familiarize yourself with all of the steps involved.  Experienced SSD attorneys  can provide valuable advice and direction on the application and appeals processes.

Proving Your Eligibility

The SSD program is in place to help American citizens who become disabled and can no longer work. Benefits are available to injured individuals, but they must meet several criteria in order to qualify for SSD benefits. First and foremost, you must show proof of disability and make sure your disability falls into one of the specific disease or injury categories as outlined by the Social Security Administration. If your ailment is not on this list, an SSD firm can work to show why the disability should be covered and why you deserve SSD benefits. You must also prove that your disability is permanent and total (as opposed to partial disability).

In addition, you must have earned a certain number of “work credits” through regular payment of FICA taxes over your lifetime. In cases where injured workers do not have enough credits, benefits may be available through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Five Stages of Application

Before submitting your initial request for SSD benefits, make sure you review the five stages to receiving SSD benefits. Your SSD attorney can walk you through these stages and spearhead any appeal efforts.

If you’re ready to contact an SSD firm for guidance with your application or appeal, please visit our attorney directory.