Am I eligible for SSDI benefits?
Only workers who have paid federal income taxes and social security can receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The SSDI laws state that you must have paid into SSDI for a certain amount of time in order to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you would like to learn more about Social Security Disability Insurance eligibility, and for answers to more questions about SSDI, contact Cohen & Dwin today to speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer in Baltimore.
How long does it take to get benefits coming in?
The hardest part is trying to make ends meet from the time you are disabled until the time when benefit checks start to arrive. In general, the Administration takes between 3 and 5 months to review a claim. And after approval, most applicants will receive their first check no sooner than six months after becoming disabled. For many applicants, a denial letter instead of an approval letter can be devastating. The Baltimore SSDI lawyers at Cohen & Dwin work hard to get your family the benefits you need and deserve. We aim to improve your chances of approval and decrease the wait.
How does the Administration choose who gets approved?
Once the Social Security Administration reviews your application and determines that you have worked enough years to obtain Social Security disability benefits, your claim will be reviewed by the Disability Determination Service (DDS). It is the job of DDS to closely evaluate your medical information and confer with doctors and disability specialists to approve or deny claims of disability. DDS uses a structured five-step process to determine the validity of each application. Here is a brief summary of the steps involved for disability evaluation and approval:
- Is the applicant working?
- Does the applicant have a severe medical condition?
- Is the medical condition present on the Disability Determination Service's List of Impairments?
- Does the condition prevent the applicant from being able to do past work?
- Is the applicant able to participate in any type of work?
How will I be notified of the Administration's decision?
If you are approved for SSDI benefits, you will receive a notification letter explaining the amount you qualify for and when you can expect your checks. If you are denied benefits, you will also be notified by mail, along with instructions for appeal.
Can I appeal a benefits denial?
Every applicant has the right to appeal a Social Security Disability denial. At this point, it is a good idea to hire a Baltimore Social Security Disability attorney to ensure you are doing all you can to maximize your chance of approval.
Get all the answers to your disability questions when you contact Cohen & Dwin for a free legal consultation with our SSDI attorneys in Baltimore. Our Maryland SSDI attorneys have helped countless clients get the government support they need to survive after a devastating disability. Trust us to handle your claim the right way.