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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

paralyzed male person holding laptop on kneesIf you have been in a serious accident or developed a medical problem that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for payments under the Social Security Disability Insurance system. This system has been designed to provide income for individuals who can no longer work. As an experienced Baltimore SS disability lawyer, Terri D. Mason has provided representation for clients seeking to navigate the application process. Here a few important details you should know about the social security application process.

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

The U.S. Social Security Disability Insurance program is a safety net designed to provide income for individuals who have paid into the Social Security system, who have been permanently disabled. They amount of payment is determined by the number of work credits you have accumulated over the period that you worked in the past. The rules governing the system are quite complicated and difficult for most people to understand. Social security disability attorneys deal routinely with the unique application process that is required to successfully acquire compensation under the system.

Do I Qualify for SSDI?

SSDI covers individuals who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that constitutes a permanent disability that prevents you from working.  Many different types of medical impairments are covered under the Social Security Administration’s definition of permanent disability, covering every system of the human body.  These include medical conditions affecting musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, digestive conditions, mental health conditions, immune system disorders and numerous others. Your physician must consider the condition to be both severe and permanent to qualify for SSD. The condition must prevent you from doing your previous type of work or any other type of work. Social security disability lawyers can help you to present all the required documentation you will need to provide as evidence for your case. 

Understanding the SSD Application Process

The application process for SSDI is very detailed and may take a considerable amount of time. You must first file an “Intent to File” application at a Social Security office or online. Then, you must present evidence about your employment to determine whether you have enough work credits to qualify. Next, you must determine your disability as recognized in the Social Security “blue book list.” You must then present your medical records to support your claim of disability. Once these steps are completed, you must then wait for the processing of your claim and their decision. If your claim is denied, you may wish to appeal their decision. If this is also denied, you may request a hearing before an administrative judge. 

 How A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help Your SSDI Claim

The application process can be confusing and time-consuming. Applicants may have difficulty understanding what documentation is required or other requirements. Social Security disability attorneys routinely work within the Social Security system to help their clients get favorable decisions, and they can ensure you are providing all the necessary paperwork in a manner that helps your case.

Make the Law Offices of Terri D. Mason, P.C. Your Social Security Disability Attorney

With many years of experience and personal care for clients, the Law Offices of Terri D. Mason, P.C. can provide a successful presentation of your case. We offer representation in a number of areas of the law, including SSD cases, elder law, veterans’ benefits cases and mental health law. Contact the Law Offices of Terry Mason today at 443-948-7772 for an appointment to discuss your claim for SSD.