Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Was your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits denied? It doesn’t necessarily mean you are ineligible. The Social Security Administration routinely rejects claims even when people have legitimate health conditions that prevent them from working.
Don’t give up hope. You may need additional documentation of your limitations. Your symptoms may not exactly fit their categories. There may be simple errors or missing information on your initial claim. You may need to present your case to an administrative law judge.
For an assessment of your rejected SSDI or SSI claim, call Mossman Law Office at 208-874-0900 or complete our contact form. Our attorneys can help you resubmit your claim, represent your interests at hearings, or handle appeals of adverse decisions. We have helped thousands of clients in the greater Boise area and throughout Idaho and eastern Oregon. Se Habla Español
Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly known as SSDI, provides monthly benefits if you can no longer work because of injury or illness:
- You must have been out of work for 12 months (or expect your disability to last a year or more), or suffer from a terminal illness.
- Your disability must qualify under the Social Security Administration’s definition. It can be a physical impairment (such as a heart condition, disabling back injury or severe arthritis) or a mental impairment (such as clinical depression, schizophrenia or brain trauma).
- You must satisfy the SSA that you could not perform another, less demanding job.
The amount of SSDI benefits is determined by how much you have paid into the system through paycheck deductions (FICA tax) over your working life, up to a monthly maximum.
Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a safety net for those who have never worked, have been in the work force only a short time, or have worked only periodically. There are strict income limitations — you must be eligible for welfare to receive SSI. The monthly benefit is a fixed amount, not based on your work history or FICA premiums. If you qualify for SSI, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid health care coverage.
Helping To Prove Your Disability
Your disability must match — or fit into — the Social Security Administration’s criteria. It’s a complex and very technical process. Our firm works with treating doctors and often sends out clients’ records for a review and opinion by other medical experts.
If the SSA says you are not eligible, let Mossman Law Office take a look at your rejected claim. We have been successful at every stage of the Social Security hearing and appeals process.