Social Security Disability: Our Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions
Contrary to popular belief, the Social Security Administration doesn’t reject every claim for disability benefits the first time regardless of the claimant’s injuries. It’s not part of the normal routine. What matters in determining a claimant’s eligibility for to receive compensation for their illness or injury from the federal government is concrete fact. Our Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit Pennsylvania and New Jersey SSD lawyers in Philadelphia understand what it takes to win first-time approval for our clients. Here are some popular misconceptions about the application process, and how use our experience to mitigate or eliminate them.
1. Length of Physical Impairment
If your medical doctor believes your injury or illness will prevent you from working for at least a full year, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Physical impairment is about how your body can function in spite of your pain – it affects everyone differently. The doctor must articulate this opinion in writing for the federal government to consider your application for SSD benefits for approval. An illness or injury that impairs your ability for less than a 12-month period isn’t usually sufficient to receive a monthly payment. If you have questions about the proper documentation to prove your injury or illness is affecting your functional capacity, call our Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorneys today.
2. Certain Injuries and Diseases Automatically Qualify Me
There’s no automatic acceptance for SSD benefits – no illness or injury gets a free pass. The Social Security Administration considers each claim, along with relevant testimony from medical doctors, as its own separate entity. As a claimant, you can receive benefits for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, including clinical depression, autoimmune disorders, orthopedic injuries and cancer. It all depends on how the condition affects your ability to function, to perform essential job tasks and live an independent lifestyle. That’s why medical testimony is so important, and required by law, to help the Social Security Administration make their decision.
3. The Paperwork is Too Complicated to Complete
Paperwork is the government’s specialty. They’re very good at it. Filling out an application for Social Security Disability benefits can feel like a cross between a chemistry exam and a crossword puzzle – it’s tough. You might feel as though you’ll never finish it. Missing information or incomplete answers on the form can cause a first-time rejection for compensation unless you have experienced legal help behind you. Our attorneys can locate missing medical evidence crucial to completing your application. It’s not a game. This is your livelihood at stake and you shouldn’t leave it to chance.
4. I’ll have to Quit My Job if I Receive SSD Payments
Not true. You can continue working while you receive SSD payments provided your gross income does not exceed a predetermined maximum set by the Social Security Administration. If your functional capacity allows you to work a limited schedule, please continue to do so. A steady paycheck can allow you to use the benefits you receive as a flotation device for your finances – just enough to keep you afloat and paying your bills. Of course, if you can’t work at all because of your physical condition, you should apply benefits immediately.
Only a medical doctor can determine the extent of your injuries or illness and how they’ll impact your daily life going forward. A full recovery may be possible, but not in the short term, which can still qualify you for SSD benefits while you’re working your way back to full strength. To get straight answers to your questions, or for a review of your SSD application, please contact our law office right away. Don’t delay. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin going to work you and your SSD application.