SSDI Attorneys

Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal government program designed to safeguard people who work against their loss of ability to earn an income due to wide-ranging disability. SSDI is an income replacement program for people who have worked and contributed into the Social Security program through paying taxes but are now unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment. The amount awarded to the disabled claimant is based on the amount of money the claimant earned and contributed to the Social Security program in the past.

Do I Qualify for SSDI?

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must have worked and paid Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) premiums while you were working in the past ten years. In most cases, if you have worked in the United States, you and your employer have both made FICA contributions on your behalf. In addition to making FICA contributions, you must be fully disabled according to the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s definition of total disability. The number of years worked required to qualify for SSDI varies according to the claimant’s age, but most applicants will need to have worked five or more years out of the last ten.

The Social Security Administration defines “total disability” as being completely unable to perform any work that you were able to perform in the past. This requires your inability to perform work done on your current or prior jobs. In addition, SSA also requires that the claimant be incapable of performing other work which is available for someone with matching age, education level and physical and mental capabilities. For most, this encompasses nearly any work at all.

How do I apply for SSDI?

In order to be approved for SSDI benefits, you will need to demonstrate that you are unable to perform any level of work defined as “substantial gainful activity”. Moreover, you will need to prove that your disability is expected to last at least one year or that it is terminal.

As soon as you are made aware you have a long term disability you should begin to consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Our attorneys at Brock & Stout would love to help you through the process from beginning to end. The first thing you want to do to qualify for SSDI is to make them aware of your intent to file. You can do this before you file for benefits. Stating your intent to file establishes an initial filing date. In the event you are approved for benefits, your back pay will be calculated based on your initial filing date.

Applying for SSDI benefits is an extremely lengthy process in most cases. This is why our attorneys at Brock & Stout can help you through each step and ensure your claim stays on as fast of a pace to being approved as possible. Most initial claims are denied. If your claim is denied, don’t get discouraged. Our attorneys often get claims that are initially denied at first eventually approved through the appeals process. Contact us today and let us try to do the same for you.

How our Attorneys can Help You

Social Security allows all applicants to have a disability lawyer represent you and your interests through all parts of the application and appeals process. Our attorneys are very knowledgeable about the process and will be able to save you time and stress through this lengthy process. Statistics have shown that having a disability attorney can significantly increase the chances of having a Social Security disability claim approved. Don’t take the chance of missing out on the benefits you deserve, let us help you. Contact us today and we will get started right away.

Reasons to Contact Brock & Stout Today

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