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Social Security Disability Benefits, In General

Those who are initially rejected for Social Security benefits can appeal with the help of an attorney. Legal assistance is helpful when pursuing benefits.
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    December 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Social Security Disability Benefits, In General

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"The chances that you will become disabled are greater than you think" (The Social Security Administration, 2013). Social Security disability benefits can be crucial for disabled individuals in maintaining the basic necessities of life such as shelter, food, and medical care. The application process can be rather difficult and overwhelming to navigate on your own and often with a negative outcome. That is why it helps to work with a qualified attorney.

To qualify for benefits, an applicant must meet the following prerequisites:
-The applicant must suffer from a "severe" medical impairment, which prevents the person from "substantial gainful activity."
-The applicant's condition should be expected to last 12 months or eventually result in death.
-The "severe" condition must prevent the applicant from doing his/her prior work.
-The applicant must not be able to perform other work as a result of the condition.

There are other requirements associated with the application for benefits; however, a professional attorney can work with the applicant and address any important issues.

An applicant for benefits is generally not working at the time of the application due to his/her disabilities or has earnings that are not "substantial" (The Social Security Administration, 2013). In 2013, substantial earnings for the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) would be earnings above $1,040.00 per month or $1,740.00 per month if you are blind (The Social Security Administration, 2013). In general, the processing of an application for benefits can take approximately three to six months (The Social Security Administration, 2013). Under certain circumstances, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may expedite the process for conditions that are considered "compassionate allowances" (, 2013).

If your claim is approved, you should begin receiving benefits on the sixth full month after SSA determined your disability onset date (The Social Security Administration, 2013). The benefit amount is determined by your average lifetime earnings on record with SSA. You will continue to receive SSDI as long as you continue to remain disabled and unable to work. If you are approved for benefits, some of your family members may be eligible for benefits up to 50 percent of your monthly benefit (The Social Security Administration, 2013).

It is helpful to recognize that 50 percent of initial requests for benefits are denied. This might happen if the applicant was not thorough in supplementing his or her application. The good news is that applicants have the right to appeal. With a little help from a qualified Social Security disability attorney, one could receive his or her deserved benefits. An individual has approximately sixty (60) days from the date of the denial to request an appeal.

If you are interested in applying for benefits or have been denied benefits, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. A legal professional is familiar with the process needed to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim for benefits. To learn more, contact an experienced Social Security lawyer in the area.

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