When a worker is injured and cannot earn gainful employment in their current position, they may have the right to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance through the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Every year, the SSA receives millions of applications for SSDI and those applicants are screened for validity of their claims as well as other particulars of their situation that may disqualify them from receiving these benefits.
The SSA received 2,878,920 SSDI applications in 2011, and only 1,025,003 claims were approved. While those applicants who were disqualified may have legitimate disability claims, it is often the application process that can confuse applicants and ultimately prevent them from receiving the aid they need to survive.
If you are planning on filing a claim for SSDI, you may wish to seek legal counsel to ensure that the application is filed correctly and within any given time limitations that may be imposed on your case. Alternatively, if your claim is rejected a skilled Workers’ Compensation attorney can appeal the SSA’s decision and fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation owed to you for your disability.
Gordon & Doner understands how frustrating it can be to navigate the social security system on your own, and we always stand by our clients to make sure they are going through the proper procedures and channels so they receive the disability benefits that they deserve.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the top, right-hand side of this page. There is never any obligation to proceed and the review is always 100% FREE. In addition, the details of your case will always remain completely confidential.
Applying for SSDI
The application process for disability benefits can be lengthy and require a great deal of time and energy. For these reasons alone it is important to be sure that the information on your application is correct and presented in a manner that will make the processing of your application very easy for the SSA.
When applying for SSDI, follow these steps:
- Gather the information you will need to apply
- Social security number
- Names and numbers of medical health professionals that treated you for your disability
- Medical records relating to disability
- Laboratory test results relating to disability
- Summary of your position, explaining how/ why you can no longer perform those duties
- Most recent w2 or copy of federal tax return, for self-employed applicants
- Call the Social Security office early in the day, to avoid jammed phone lines and set up interview
- Complete your interview and file the required paperwork
- A wait period of 90-120 days is typical in determining disability insurance validity
- Always follow up with the examiner assigned to your case to speed up the process
If your claim is approved you will receive compensation within the coming days. If your claim is denied, contact an attorney to appeal the decision. The SSA allows each applicant the right to appeal their denial of benefits regardless of the reason for disqualification.
The compensation a disabled worker can receive from SSDI will not only assist them, but dependent family members may also be eligible for some of those benefits. After a worker is unable to perform the duties of their job, there will be innumerable stresses that can put a family into financial ruin. Lost wages, an inability to find another job, medical expenses and other hardships place a heavy burden on the disabled individual and their family, which is why SSDI benefits are so important.
Reasons for SSDI Denials
If the SSA reasons that the injury does not prevent an individual from performing the duties of their current position, they may issue a denial for SSDI benefits. Included with the letter of denial should be a summary of the applicant’s medical records and information in addition to an explanation of the technical rationale that led them to their decision to deny the claim.
If this explanation is not included, contact the SSA for your application file to gain access to it. It is important to remember that the applicant is no less disabled simply because their application was denied. The SSA scrutinizes these applications and any minor justification to deny aid could be enough for them to do so.
With a knowledgeable and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, an SSDI applicant can rest assured knowing their claim will be handled by a professional who has a deep understanding of the social security system. In the event an appeal is necessary, the proper steps can be taken immediately with a lawyer who has gone through the process before.
Contact a South Florida SSDI Claims Lawyer
The victims of workplace accidents have the right to be heard. At Gordon & Doner, we believe that if you have suffered harm because of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to file a claim against the party at fault.
We work on a contingency only basis, which means that we only charge you for our fees and services if we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. For those that are unsure if they have a case, we also offer a 100% FREE initial case review, which allows customers to submit the information about their case for a free assessment by our team of lawyers.
If we determine that you have grounds to file a claim, we will help you to decide your best course of action to take. With offices in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, our lawyers are licensed to practice law across the entire state and we serve clients in the following cities:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Jupiter/ Tequesta
- West Palm Beach
- …and most other surrounding cities in South Florida.
To find out more, please contact us on 1 (855) 722-2552 and a member from our intake staff will ask about some details of your incident, and then quickly connect you to one of our attorneys - it's that easy.
If you prefer to start immediately, simply fill out the "Free Case Evaluation" form at the top of this page and we will contact you very shortly.