Things You Need to Know When Applying for SSDI Benefits
The government has established Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in order to provide benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. When going through the claims process, it is in your best interest to seek the assistance of an experienced SSDI attorney who can help ensure your claim gets approved in a timely manner.
When determining whether you qualify for SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration will use the following criteria to establish that you in fact have a disability:
- You have suffered an injury or illness which makes you unable to carry out your job as you once were able to
- Your condition has prevented you from being able to get another job
- Your condition will last one year or longer
If you are currently working or could conceivably secure a different type of job, the SSA will generally not consider you disabled. If you are unsure whether your condition will qualify, you should consult an experienced SSDI attorney at once.
It is not uncommon for the SSA to initially deny a claim. However, you have the right to appeal a denied claim, as well as any decision regarding your benefits which you believe was made incorrectly. Your appeal must be made in writing within 60 days of the SSA’s initial decision regarding your claim. The experienced Virginia SSDI attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman can help you with the filing of your appeal.
Once your claim has been approved, you will receive your SSDI benefits once a month. You will generally remain eligible to receive your SSDI benefits as long as your disability prevents you from working. However, if you become able to work down the road, your benefits may be discontinued. The SSA will review your case periodically to determine whether the status of your condition has changed.
The SSDI claims process is highly complex and time consuming. In many cases, it can take several years for your claim to be approved. By working with our Virginia SSDI attorneys, you can greatly reduce the length of time it takes to get your claim approved. At Kalfus & Nachman, we will make sure that your claim is handled properly during every stage of the process to help you receive these important benefits as soon as possible.