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If you have been injured and unable to work for any reason, you understand how emotionally and financially debilitating such injuries can be. You may be worried about how you will be able to feed your family, afford your medical expenses, and be able to focus on recovery when you have so many other things to worry about. If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and been denied, it does not mean you are out of luck. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a difficult process; many people make avoidable errors on their application that can mean the difference between receiving benefits and being denied.

Appealing a Social Security Disability Decision

The number one mistake people can make when applying for SSDI is failing to provide all of the necessary information. Though the general standards involve being able to prove that you are disabled, unable to do any substantial work, and that your condition is expected to last for at least one year, the intricacies involve specific information about your condition, your medical providers, your prognosis, and your work history.

If the Social Security Administration initially denies your claim, it may be due to the fact that you provided insufficient information. You have the right to file an appeal within sixty days of receiving word that you were not approved for benefits. This is the time to really make sure you have answered every question, taken the time to get all of the necessary names, addresses, phone numbers, information about your past and current medical conditions, work history, family information, financial status, and other relevant information. This information will be analyzed by the Bureau of Disability Determination to first determine if you meet the legal standard for having a disability as defined by the Social Security Administration. Then it becomes a consideration of whether you fit the criteria to be considered for benefit disbursement.

The process is rigorous for a variety of reasons. One is the susceptibility of abuse that plagues the governmental benefits systems. Fraud and abuse are significant concerns that take benefits away from those who actually need them while they try to get back on their feet. Another is that there is an economic incentive to have everyone that can be part of a workforce remain a part of the work force. It is in their best interest in the long run to engage in any type of meaningful work, and the rigorous selection process for SSDI benefits is to ensure that the program is for only those who actually cannot participate in gainful employment for a year or more due to a debilitating injury or medical condition.

Social Security Disability Application and Appeal Attorneys

At Solnick & Levin LLC, we understand how frustrating the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be. Our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys will take the time to explain to you how to apply, or how to approach the application process the second time around. Having a knowledgeable team of professionals on your side when applying for benefits will greatly improve your chances of being approved for benefits and receiving benefits as soon as possible. Contact our Jenkintown, Pennsylvania office today to learn more about your legal rights

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