Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are unable to earn a living due to a debilitating injury or illness, you are probably struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to those who are not able to provide for themselves financially. However, gaining approval for these benefits can be far more challenging than you might think. Continue reading to learn more about what it takes to get approved for SSD benefits and the steps you can take to appeal your claim if you are initially denied.
How to Get Approved for SSD
Not everyone with a disabling condition is eligible for social security benefits. The SSA has a running list of qualifying conditions that automatically qualify for SSD benefits. However, just because you have a condition that is not on that list doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible for benefits.
You must provide the SSA with medical documentation that proves that you are unable to earn a living in any way due to the extent of your condition to qualify for benefits. Although that may seem relatively simple, the vast majority of claimants will be initially denied and have to move forward with an appeal.
What to Expect If Your Claim Is Denied
It is unlikely, even if you qualify for benefits, that your claim will be approved right away. The SSA denies claims every day. If you receive a denial, you have the opportunity to appeal.
The good news is that once you’ve been through the appeals process, if your claim is approved, you will be retroactively paid from the date you originally applied. Teach out to our office to get help preparing your appeal so you can gain the approval you need in a timely manner.
Get Help from a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Boston
If you are interested in learning more about how a Boston social security disability lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC could help you begin to move forward with your life following a debilitating injury or illness, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us by phone at 617-742-1170 or through the online contact form we have included below.