Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of U.S. federal programs assisting people with disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI will pay benefits to you and your family if you've worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes along the way. Social Security. Social Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
What is Disability?
According to the Social Security Administration, more than ten million people receive social security benefits based on a disability.
A disability is:
"The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."
The Social Security Administration's "list of impairments" includes dozens of conditions that can prevent you from working. Some of the most common include
- Musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy,
- Mental disorders like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, autism, and bipolar disorder,
- Cardiovascular conditions and circulatory disorders like heart disease, angina, and hypertension,
- Nervous system and sense organ conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, blindness, and hearing loss,
- Diabetes, and
- Degenerative disc disease.
Why Hire an Attorney?
According to the Social Security Administration, the agency only approves about 22% of cases initially, meaning more they deny more than 75%. The most common reasons the SSA denies claims include:
- Improperly completed forms,
- Lack of medical evidence,
- Failure to get consistent medical treatment or "treatment noncompliance,"
- Failure to cooperate with the SSA, including responding to requests for more information, and
- Your income.
But claims are most commonly denied because the applicant failed to seek legal assistance. Your chances of having a claim approved are much greater if an attorney represents you. At the Progress Law Firm, we can clearly present your claim in the proper format. Our firm can also ensure that the SSA receives the proper medical documentation like hospital and medical records, treatment notes, doctor's reports, and testimonials from family and friends. The Progress Law Firm handles Social Security disability cases across the United States.