Dealing with a medical disability can be overwhelming in and of itself. If your condition also disables you from work, you may be eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration. An experienced Detroit SSD attorney can answer some frequently asked questions.
What Is SSD?
As a Detroit SSD attorney can explain, Social Security Disability (SSD) are federal benefits available for qualifying individuals who suffer from a medical disability and are unable to work.
Who Qualifies for SSD?
If you have a physical or mental disability that has lasted for at least a year or that will result in death, you may qualify for disability. As your Detroit SSD attorney can explain, you must also have accumulated a certain number of work credits prior to becoming disabled before you can be eligible for benefits. Your attorney can analyze your case and help you determine whether you meet the requisite threshold. If you have never worked, you may be eligible for different types of government benefits like Supplemental Security Income but SSD may not be an option.
How Do I File a Claim?
You can file a claim for SSD online. You can also fill out an application in person. While you don’t need a lawyer to apply, consulting with one beforehand can help you better prepare for what to expect on the application. Mistakes or omissions in the application process are one of the most frequent reasons claims get rejected an an attorney can help you avoid those.
How Can I Prepare for Filing?
When you file for SSD benefits, the burden will be on you to prove the extent and nature of your disability and how it impacts your ability to earn a living. As such, you’ll need medical documentation and statements from your doctor. You’ll also have to provide detailed information about your work history and your dependents. Having this information at the ready before sitting down to fill out your application can save you time and help avoid mistakes.
How does the SSA Determine Disability?
The SSA maintains a statutory list of impairments. The list is long and your attorney can go over the specifics of which types of conditions are considered more or less automatically disabled. That said, you must also show that you are unable to perform activities that would lead to gainful employment. If your particular condition doesn’t appear on the list, your attorney can discuss other ways to support your disability with appropriate documentation.
What Happens If My Claim Is Rejected?
Many SSD claims are initially rejected. As indicated above, mistakes in the application are often the culprit. In addition, the SSA will reject a claim if the claimant fails to provide enough support for the disability they claim to suffer from. If your claim is rejected, hope is not lost. You can file an appeal. Many claimants who are initially rejected go on to successful appeals. An attorney can represent you at the appeals hearing and prepare you for what to expect.
Contact a Detroit SSD Attorney
A skilled Detroit SSD attorney can help review your case and walk you through the claims process. To make an appointment with the law offices of Marc J. Shefman, call (248) 298-3003.