Social Security Disability (SSD)
Social Security Disability provides benefits to persons who are unable to work because of a disability. However, these benefits are often quite difficult for workers who deserve or need them, to obtain.
Need for Social Security Disability Benefits
A person, who has suffered a debilitating injury in a workplace or accident or suffers from an illness that leaves him unable to work, may face a number of challenges. There are considerable physical and medical challenges. Even more daunting is the possibility of reduced or blocked income as the person faces the possibility of not returning back to work in the near future, or maybe never returning to work at all.
Unfortunately, Social Security disability benefits that are the right of every disabled person who meets all eligibility criteria are not easy to obtain. The process of approval of your benefits can take years. Even then, you may never be absolutely sure that your claim will be approved.
Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits
In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, you must:
- Suffer from a medical condition that does not allow you to perform substantial work.
- Have suffered from this medical condition for at least one year, or the condition must be expected to last at least one year, or must be expected to result in your death.
To be eligible for benefits, there may also be additional conditions that must be met, like those related to your employment tax history.
The Social Security Administration is in charge of reviewing applications for benefits, and there are a number of parameters that are applied your case in order to determine if you meet the criteria. All applications are forwarded to the Bureau of Disability Determination to see whether you are eligible for these benefits. Further, administration officials may decide to speak with your doctors, in order to reconfirm the status of your medical condition and the long-term prognosis.
What If my SSD Benefits are Denied?
If the Social Security Administration does not approve of your application, then you have the right to file an appeal within 60 days from the date of being notified of the disapproval.
The Pennsylvania Social Security Disability lawyers at Solnick & Associates, LLC help disabled persons apply for Social Security Disability benefits, and assist persons whose applications have been rejected in filing appeals to recover their rightful benefits.