Understanding Legal Challenges

How the SSDI Application Process Works

If you will be filing a Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim, it will likely be handled by a local SSDI office, but your claim could be processed by a field or state office. However, there are various other SSDI representatives you may be working with as you file your claim. Fortunately, to guide you through the complicated process, a disability claim attorney is there to help.

How to File a Claim for SSDI Benefits

There are several ways you can file for SSDI benefits, including filing a claim at a local field office, calling a phone number, or applying online. You are allowed to fill out the application yourself, but it might be a better idea to fill out the application with the help of a disability claim lawyer.

The disadvantage of filling out the claim yourself is that your disability claim is more likely to be rejected. Those handling your claim will want proof that you suffered an injury. For example, you will be asked to provide a description of your injuries, the type of treatment you have received, and any other information related to your disability. 

The Responsibility of the Field Office

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has the goal of making sure that those who are disabled and unable to work receive SSDI benefits. To make sure that the Social Security funds are not depleted, however, they deny a surprisingly large number of claims. Oftentimes, SSA claimants must appeal to be able to receive their benefits.

In addition to determining whether you should be approved on medical grounds, the SSA will take into consideration your marital status, age, and employment. While you are able to work to receive SSDI benefits, you must not engage in a substantially gainful employment position for at least a year. The closer you are to retirement age, the more likely you will qualify for SSDI benefits.

How SSA Representatives Determine Eligibility

The representative will first try to obtain evidence from the medical sources you provide. If you do not provide medical sources, the next step is to arrange for a consultative exam. This is designed to make sure that additional information can be acquired. 

In most cases, you will be allowed to choose who will perform your examination. However, there are some cases where the SSA will choose for you. If the SSA determines that you are disabled, they will then calculate how many outstanding benefits you are entitled to. 

For more information, talk to a disability claim lawyer, such as Scott E. Shaffman Attorney At Law, to learn more.