Have you been permanently injured and or unable to work due to a lengthy illness? If you have been out of work for at least 12 consecutive months and or it is anticipated that you will be, there may be a valid Social Security Disability claim. The Social Security Disability insurance program pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you worked long enough. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. For most people, the disability requirements and process are the same under both of these federal programs.
Disability is a subject you may read about in the newspaper, but not think of as something that might actually happen to you, but your chances of becoming disabled are probably greater than you realize. Studies show that just over one in four of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67.While we spend a lot of time working to succeed in our jobs and careers, few of us think about ensuring that we have a safety net to fall back on should we become disabled.
Generally speaking to qualify for Social Security Disability, you must first have worked enough where you’ve earned the minimum number of work credits as part of your earnings record. Next, you must have a medical condition which meets Social Security’s definition of disability which only pays for total and not partial or short-term benefits. They’ll consider you disabled only if: you cannot do work that you did before; you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and the disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Now you ask yourself, is my condition “severe” enough? Your condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work such as lifting, standing, walking, sitting, and remembering, etc. – for at least 12 months. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, is/are the condition(s) found in the list of disabling conditions?
Can you do the work that you did previously or any other type of work? The Social Security Administration will decide if your medical impairment(s) prevents you from performing this in its determination. Finally, a person’s medical conditions, age, education, past work experience, and any transferable skills are taken in to account when making the disability determination.
Unfortunately Social Security Disability is a federally funded program. That means it’s like “fighting city hall”! Trying to collect these benefits is an extremely lengthy and cumbersome process which could take years. It also involves a large amount of paperwork and medical records. That’s why The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. can help you! Let our team of legal professionals guide you through the process. We’ll advise you on how to interact with your various physicians so they’ll document what is required for the case. Why deal with the bureaucracy alone? Let the Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. help alleviate your stress by having our legal team handle the red tape and get you the benefits that you deserve. Contact us today for a no obligation case evaluation, toll free (866) I SUE YOU (478-3968), (844) 411 KING (411-5464), (954) 227-7529, text (954) 998-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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