APPLYING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
Many people in California need the income provided by Social Security Disability benefits after experiencing an illness, injury or other form of disabling condition. However, the road to receiving SSD benefits can be difficult with many deserving applicants rejected in the initial stage and requiring lengthy appeals processes in order to receive their benefits. However, there are some tips that applicants can keep in mind to improve their chances of success in securing the disability benefits they need.
There are over 9 million people in the United States who receive Social Security Disability benefits, an important recourse for former workers. However, the application process can be challenging, especially when simultaneously dealing with the stress of one's disabling condition. Learning about the eligibility requirements can help people more effectively complete the disability application process. People must have a severe impairment that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death; in addition, in order to be eligible for SSD benefits, applicants must have paid FICA taxes for 5 out of the previous 10 years. Compiling one's employment history can assist in making a case for SSD benefits.
In addition, it is important to file quickly as applicants may experience extensive delays; even initial applications can take three to six months to be reviewed. The wait is longer if an appeal is necessary, and it can take up to two years to receive a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. By filing quickly, applicants can avoid even further delay in receiving those much-needed benefits.
One of the most important steps toward success in an application for Social Security Disability benefits may be working with a disability lawyer. Being represented by an attorney might substantially improve an applicant's likelihood of success. Representation may help people to properly present their case, develop the documentation necessary and handle requests and appeals.