It’s one of the most difficult experiences a person can have: sustaining an injury so severe that it prevents you from working. It can be just as difficult for those who are dealing with a chronic illness, of course, when they are forced by medical conditions to stop going to their job.
Fortunately for those in this situation, there is an important source of assistance: Social Security disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI or SSD.
A recent article on SSD noted that it might “sound simple and straightforward” to get benefits designed to help people sidelined from their jobs due to illness or injury, “but unfortunately, it can be a complex process.” Many people who apply for disability benefits give up after their claim is denied.
In many cases, those who give up the fight simply don’t understand that denial of benefits is not unusual. About two-thirds of all initial applications are rejected. Those who give up at that point will not receive benefits, of course, but many of those who fight the decision with the help of an attorney experienced in appeals before an administrative law judge find their claim approved.
Many of those initial rejections are for technical reasons – insufficient medical information, for instance – not because the applicant’s illness or injury doesn’t qualify them for SSD.
It should be noted that not everyone is eligible for SSD benefits. Those who don’t have a substantial work history can be ineligible. However, there is a program known as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, that can provide assistance.
Contact a Raleigh attorney experienced in a wide variety of disability claims, including SSD appeals, SSI, court appeals and veterans’ disability claims.