If you have been working for several years and have paid into Social Security, you should qualify for disability (if you need additional medical coverage or supplemental income). However, you may have been turned down by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If so, you can appeal the decision and fight for your benefits.
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Understanding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSA pays disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). At a minimum, a disability is a medical condition that lasts at least one year or results in death. Your medical condition cannot be diagnosed as short-term or partial disability. You must have a disability as defined by SSA.
Your family may also qualify for SSDI under the following conditions:
- Your spouse is age 62 or older
- A parent who is caring for a disabled child age 16 or younger
- An unmarried child (adopted, stepchild, or grandchild)
- An unmarried child age 18 or older with a disability before age 22
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available to you if you have a medical condition that prevents you from working or drawing an income.
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Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an additional income that you may qualify for if you are aged, blind, or disabled and are drawing little to no income. It aids with items such as shelter, clothing, and food. To apply for SSI, you must meet the minimum requirements, which include:
- Being blind or disabled
- Being age 65 or older
- Having limited resources
- Being a U.S. citizen
- Having a monthly income of less than $910
- Being unmarried
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Blue Book Qualifying Impairments
If you are wondering if you qualify for SSD, you can look up your medical condition in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. The Blue Book lists and explains all qualifying impairments. SSA updates the Blue Book annually with input from medical professionals in each relevant field. Examples of qualifying impairments include:
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Immune system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Respiratory system
- Senses and speech
The Blue Book lists numerous conditions that may qualify. If your condition is not in the book, do not assume that you do not qualify. Likewise, do not assume that you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if your condition is listed in the Book. Your lawyer can conduct a thorough review of your condition to determine if you are eligible to receive benefits, even if your condition is not listed.
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Reasons Why Your Disability Case Was Turned Down
Thousands of disability applications are sent to SSA each year. Many of them are turned down. Some of the main reasons why applications are rejected include:
- Prior denials
- Failure to follow doctor’s orders
- Unwillingness to cooperate with SSA
- Monthly income in excess of $910
- Application errors or missing information
- Lack of substantial medical evidence
Many of the applications that are turned down by SSA have nothing to do with qualifying medical conditions. Instead, applicants are rejected because they either do not understand the application or process, they do not provide enough medical evidence, or there are clerical errors in the application process. These types of errors could be avoided with the help of a Social Security Disability lawyer.
What to Do if Your Disability Application Was Denied
If your Social Security Disability application is denied, you have 60 days to appeal the decision.
Your lawyer can help you work through the appeals process and get your appeal request on record as soon as possible. Remember that it is better to appeal your case by the deadline instead of submitting a new application with a denial on your record.
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has helped hundreds of clients get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve. We understand the legal process and know what SSA is looking for when they review each case. How can we help you?
With something as complicated as SSDI or SSI, it never hurts to consult a Social Security Disability lawyer. We can meet with you to discuss the details of your case and give you legal advice, so that you avoid a denial from SSA. Feel free to ask questions and go over your application.
Whether you are applying for the first time or appealing a denial, you may need legal representation if you are asked to attend a hearing. Instead of facing the hearing board yourself, our lawyers can advocate for you, answer all questions, and submit all paperwork on your behalf.
If you are disabled, you may not have the means or the resources to fill out your disability application properly. Our legal team can manage your entire case, taking care of all paperwork, and gathering medical evidence to substantiate your claim. We can also communicate with all relevant parties and monitor your application’s progress.
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If you are ready to move forward with your Social Security Disability application, then contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. Let a North Myrtle Beach Social Security disability lawyer go to work for you and help you get the benefits you deserve. To find out more about your options, call us our reach out for a free consultation online.
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