If you have paid enough money into Social Security, you have access to Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. If you become disabled, you can claim regular payments from the government to pay for basic expenses through your disability benefits.
However, it’s common for applications to get rejected if you don’t have the help of a lawyer. Our team of Social Security Disability attorneys in College Park at John Foy & Associates can assist you with your application or appeal. You’ve paid into the system, and we’ll make sure they can see you qualify.
Why do SSDI Applications Get Rejected?
There are many reasons your application could get rejected by the Social Security Administration. Some of these are bureaucratic, like incomplete paperwork. Others are because the SSA doesn’t fully understand that your case meets the criteria for SSDI benefits.
If the SSA has asked for more information, cooperate with them. If you ignore their requests for more information, they have no reason to approve your application. You may also need to speak with your doctor about how to get the evidence you need to prove your disability.
Those monthly benefits can make all the difference in the world to your survival. Hiring an SSDI lawyer to help you with your application or appeal can make all the difference between receiving what you deserve and another denial.
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Basic Qualifications for SSDI Benefits
Proving that you’re eligible for SSDI looks easy on paper, but getting the documentation together is tough. To qualify for Social Security Disability, you’ll need to show the following proof:
- You have a diagnosed health condition that will last more than a year, or is a terminal illness
- You cannot do your job because of your health condition
- You also cannot do similar kinds of work that you’re qualified for
- You need to have 20 work credits in the past 10 years in the Social Security system, and enough credits total to claim benefits
- If you are young or have a low income, you may qualify with fewer work credits
The primary sources of proof will be from your medical records, a statement from your employer showing your incapacity, and your Social Security work record. Our team can help you get these, as well as any other evidence the SSA asks for.
Problems With Earnings
People who are too injured to work anymore qualify for SSDI benefits, but there’s a catch to them. If you find a way to work and earn too much money, you could lose your SSDI benefits. The threshold is quite low. Even a small craft shop on the side could bring in enough to lower your benefits.
It’s important to know that you don’t receive SSDI because you’re disabled. You receive it because you’re unable to work. It’s wonderful to support yourself, but make sure you make enough that you can do it without SSDI.
If you’re worried that the SSA will deny your benefits because you have made a little money, we may be able to help you. We can discuss all the details about how the system works and how to limit your losses.
How Expensive Is an SSDI Lawyer?
We know that if you’re applying for SSDI, your income is likely low. Therefore, Our College Park Social Security Disability attorneys charge nothing upfront at all. John Foy & Associates works on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay us unless you get SSDI benefits.
Also, under federal law, we cannot charge more than $6,000 or 25% of your past-due benefits, whichever is lower, as payment. This payment does not apply to any ongoing benefits once you’re approved.
If you get SSDI, they’re often backdated to the time you received your disability or your last benefit check. Thus, you’ll have a large lump sum waiting for you, and should have plenty to cover our fee. Again, if we cannot help you, you will owe us nothing.
Get Started With a Social Security Disability Lawyer
Once you have a Social Security Disability lawyer in College Park on your side, the odds of your approval of benefits go up significantly. Even if you’re not sure if your condition meets the definition of a disability, we know what the SSA looks for in applications for approval.
You’ve earned your benefits by paying into the Social Security system. Now let John Foy & Associates help you claim them. If you live in College Park, contact us or call our offices to schedule a consultation. We can help.