Social Security Disability is a federally-funded program that’s designed to help Americans who can no longer work. Thousands of people in Indiana rely on SSDI. The program and even the application for it can be complicated, though. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to get assistance from an attorney when you are first learning about it.
The basics of SSDI
Social Security Disability Insurance is a long-term insurance program. It’s designed to help replace income for Americans who have worked and who paid Social Security tax in the past. The length of time someone worked, and how recently they did that work, impacts their eligibility for SSDI benefits.
There are medical requirements that applicants need to meet in order to be eligible to collect SSDI. They must have a condition that’s covered by the program. They must also have documentation from a medical professional like a doctor, showing that their condition meets the definition of what’s covered. There’s also a time component to eligibility for SSDI benefits.
The application process
The application for SSDI benefits is complicated. Many people find that they want to receive help from a lawyer. Some attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with the Social Security Administration. They know what common application errors are, and how to avoid them. This kind of lawyer may be able to help you understand if your claim is likely to be successful. They can even provide people with advice about when to apply, in some cases.
Having a lawyer on your side may also be beneficial if your initial application is denied and you need to re-apply for benefits. The Social Security Administration is very particular about the requirements for SSDI and documentation for them.