Knowledgeable Social Security Disability Attorney Serving Local Area Clients
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), more commonly know as Social Security benefits, are a form of government-subsidized benefits available to people who cannot work due to an injury or illness and have contributed to the program through Social Security payroll taxes or self-employed taxes. If you have been out of work for at least the last five months because of an injury or disability and have had your SSDI benefits denied, Mark E. Stern Disability Attorney can help rectify the situation.
Who is Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
People under the age of 65 (retirement age) who have earned enough “work credits” before becoming disabled are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The way the system works is relatively simple in concept. If you worked and paid into the system for at least 5 of the 10 years before you became disabled, you can be eligible for disability benefits.
When Can I Collect My Social Security Benefits?
After the necessary amount of years worked based on your age, you will become eligible for SSDI in the event you become injured or disabled. If you never become disabled or kept from working because of a medical condition, you will not receive these benefits. They are not elective. If you do suffer a serious injury, disability, or medical emergency, you can apply for SSDI benefits five months after your diagnosis.
What if My SSDI Claim is Denied?
Simply due to the bureaucratic nature of the beast, legitimate SSDI claims are denied with frustrating frequency. That’s where we come in. We will review your application to see if there were any mistakes that can be corrected and try again. If everything checks out, we will interface with the SSA to determine exactly why your benefits were denied. Together, we will sort this situation out and get you the benefits to which you are entitled.