Social Security Disability Insurance Eligibility

“Applying for SSDI benefits takes time and effort… some applicants may go it alone, but many rely on lawyers or other representatives for assistance”- AARP Public Policy

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a government program that offers monthly income to qualified workers with disabilities. Our Social Security Disability Insurance lawyers help you get the SSDI benefits you may be entitled to.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Overview

More than 3 million people will file disability claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2010 resulting in a greater backlog of claims and longer wait times. Mistakes or missing information on your application could further delay your claim beyond the SSA’s average 3-5 month turnaround time. At Sokolove Law, our national team of Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys simplifies what can be an overwhelming application process, deal with the SSA on your behalf and file appeals after a Social Security Disability denial.

Disabilities Impact Millions of Hardworking Americans

  • 85,000 Americans per day suffer injuries or illnesses that make it hard for them to work.
  • More than 90% of these injuries are NOT work-related.
  • Accidents are rarely the cause. More common disabilities include severe back pain, cancer, and heart disease.
  • SSDI DOES NOT require that a disabling injury occur on the job before awarding money.

Many Americans Rely on SSDI

  • SSDI is a US federal government program, funded by payroll taxes, that provides long term disability for those that qualify.
  • A long-term disability is defined by the Social Security Administration as being unable to work for 12 months or longer.
  • SSDI provides income until you can return to work or indefinitely if it is determined that you cannot return.
  • When individuals reach 65 years old, benefits transition from SSDI to Social Security.
  • No benefits are payable for partial disabilities or short-term disability.
  • About 12.8 million disabled people currently receive disability benefits.

Facts About the SSDI System

  • It is estimated that 3.3 million people will apply for SSDI in 2010.
  • More than 60% of initial SSDI claims are rejected.
  • Government budget challenges sometimes result in unfair denial of valid SSDI claims.
  • SSA allows people who have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance to appeal up to 5 times.
  • Basic requirements include: a medical disability that prevents you from working, verified work history, and payroll taxes paid during employment. Visit our How to Apply page for more information.

What Can You Expect When Applying for SSDI?

Due to the large volume of new applications, it takes the SSA up to 5 months to investigate and decide on initial SSDI applications. If you receive a denial, it can take several years of appeals before receiving money. It’s natural to feel frustrated by government protocols and long delays. Thousands of disabled, sick, and injured Americans abandon hope of receiving benefits they may be entitled to after receiving a Social Security Disability denial.

Don’t give up. Call Sokolove Law or complete the form on this page for a free legal consultation. We take the time to explain how we can help simplify the process and assist you with SSDI appeals. We help our clients stay focused on what is most important, their health and the well-being of their families, while we handle all of the legal paperwork and complicated appeals.

Why Sokolove Law?

For more than 45 years, we’ve helped people get the legal support they need regardless of race or income. We offer free no-obligation legal consultations and don’t receive any fees until you receive monthly cash payments from the Social Security Administration. We review claims 24 hours per day and assist clients in all 50 states.

Why hire a Social Security Disability Attorney?

Disability insurance claim paperwork can be complex and frustrating – additional stresses that can further complicate your health. We simplify the SSDI appeals and hearing processes by taking the burden off of you and fighting for your rights.



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Last modified: May 10, 2024