Getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) in Austell not often a smooth process—even if you clearly qualify. As an American who paid into the system, you should have to right to this insurance if you’re unable to work because of a disability. Sadly, actually getting a proper review and approval for your Social Security Disability claims is rarely straightforward and has left many people without the protection they’re entitled to receive. This is why you need an Austell Social Security Disability Lawyer on your side.
At John Foy & Associates, we have a strong history of working with Social Security disability law and helping our clients who need SSDI insurance finally get approved. Whether this is your first time applying or you’ve been denied several times, we’re here to help. We know the process and are familiar with common reasons applicants get turned down by the Social Security Administration. We also know what can help improve your chances of getting approved for benefits. Let us help you today, starting with a FREE consultation to discuss your application. Call us at 404-400-4000, or simply fill out the form to the right for your free consultation.
How Does Social Security Disability Work in Austell?
Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI, was initially set in place by the Social Security Act as a way to protect workers if they become disabled. SSDI was supposed to provide insurance for workers in case they became unable to work and support themselves due to their disability.
Under the Social Security Act, a worker who becomes disabled and can no longer work is given regular payments to help cover living costs, such as rent and other basic needs, for themselves and their families.
Any type of disability may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, including serious diseases like cancer. The disability also does not have to be related to your work, but it could includes a disability resulting from an injury on the job or from a personal injury.
The Social Security Administration (SSA), which is the agency that processes claims, keeps a list of impairments in their Blue Book (also known “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”) as that are covered under SSDI. The list includes disabilities related to the:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Special senses and speech
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Skin disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Mental health disorders
- And more
These SSDI benefits are meant to be available to anyone who truly needs them. Unfortunately, receiving these benefits is not as easy as it should be. The SSA routinely denies them for minor reasons like clerical error, missing paperwork, or by saying more documentation is needed. Even good people who are disabled and clearly have a strong work history get turned away. This is why it’s so beneficial to work with a lawyer who knows the system and can help you make changes to improve your chances for approval.
How Does the Social Security Administration Decide Who Gets Approved and Who Doesn’t?
To get approved for SSDI, you’ll need to prove to the SSA that your disability is legitimate and that you have a long enough work history to quality. The SSA will look at criteria like the following when considering your claim:
- Whether you earned enough work credits (worked enough hours) in your past
- If you worked recently and had 20 or more work credits within the 10 years before your claim (and if you don’t meet the requirement for work credits, they’ll look at if you qualify as low income)
- If you have documentation from a doctor that your condition was medically diagnosed
- Whether the condition is terminal or likely to last at least a year or more
- If your condition keeps you from working your previous job
- Whether the condition prevents you from getting a new work/entering a new line of work
The SSA will also require paperwork to support each of these points. Most people who are seeking Social Security Disability will meet the above criteria, but not having documentation to support them can lead their claim to be denied.
I Can’t Work Because of a Mental Health Condition. Am I Eligible For SSD?
Yes. Mental health disorders fall under the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments. That includes:
- Affective disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- Mental retardation
- Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
- Substance addiction
- And more
Just like with a physical condition that prevents you from working, you’ll need to show you meet the criteria to quality for benefits and that you can’t engage in gainful activity because of it. This varies depending on the type of mental disorder. You’ll also need to show documentation that you’re receiving and following proper treatment for your mental illness while you’re in the process of claiming benefits.
What If My Application Is Denied?
Finding out your SSDI application was denied is certainly disheartening. But you aren’t alone. First time applicants are routinely denied benefits in Cobb County, and it never means all hope is lost. Denials are usually a result of issues with:
- Lack of documentation
- Or the SSA making a wrongful denial
After being denied, you can appeal your SSDI application. And thankfully, even though you were denied during the first process, your chances are good of getting approved the second time around. But this is only if you don’t try to appeal the application alone.
We find many applicants will simply send in the same or similar paperwork as they did during their first appeal. But this rarely works. You need a legal professional who can look at the first application, find the reason for the denial, and help you make the changes for your best chance at getting approved. This is why it’s so vital to work with a Social Security Disability lawyer as soon as possible.
Talk to an Austell Social Security Disability Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we work tirelessly to help our clients receive the benefits they need to support themselves and their families. Never take a denial as a sign that you’ll never get approved. If you have a disability that prevents you from working, it’s your right to receive these benefits. To get started today, call us at 404-400-4000, or complete the form to the right and we’ll give you a FREE consultation.