Navigating The Social Security Disability Insurance Application Process

Navigating the process of filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be an overwhelming experience for even the most system savvy citizens. The system is marred by typical delays that can create confusion that can lead to the applicant’s common mistakes that ultimately result in denied claims. 

Denial Can Perpetuate Problems

As many as two-thirds of the SSDI applications will end in denial, leading then to appeal processes and even lengthier periods of time waiting on payment. Some missteps made by applicants can actually add time to the process, which increases the delay in SSDI payments being processed. This can create significant issues for people who depend on SSDI payments as their sole income source, as millions of individuals with disabilities and their families do. 

Understanding Requirements Is Key

Education of the SSDI process is key in minimizing mistakes in applying for benefits or in maintaining current awarded benefits. It is not as simple as filling out forms and mailing them in. The SSDI process is extremely complicated and time-consuming. Understanding the qualifications for benefits is imperative to securing an approved claim and to maintaining benefits once they are awarded. 

A recipient of SSDI can not be gainfully employed, which means you must earn below a required amount in order to receive the benefits. The condition in which you submit for benefits must incorporate a severity that interferes with basic work activities and will render you unable to work for at least twelve months. 

Meeting The Criteria

Understanding the details of the Social Security Administrations requirements for disability is crucial to ensuring that the application is filled out appropriately the first time, lessening the chances of receiving a denial. In essence, you must meet two of the required criteria before the Social Security Administration will consider your claim. 

Providing Essential Documentation

The documentation you provide in your application will either offer sufficient evidence of your claim or work against you. For instance, you may feel your back injury will hinder your ability to perform your job in labor, yet the Social Security Administration may find you can work at a desk sufficiently, and turn down your claim. In this scenario, the documentation you provide can work in your favor to prove that your injury will inhibit a range of working duties. 

Secure A Professional Representative

The best way to ensure that your SSDI application is accepted on its first submission is to seek professional assistance in the process. Working with an experienced professional who has successfully navigated the SSDI process and understands its pitfalls will enable you to receive the benefits that you deserve promptly. Hedtke Law Group is experienced in working with SSDI claims and benefits processes and will help you obtain the benefits you deserve on time. 

You don’t have to navigate the SSDI process alone, contact Hedtke Law Group today to receive the help that you need.

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