Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “If I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer will I immediately qualify for SSDI benefits? I can do some work but I am afraid with doctor’s appointments and treatments I may miss quite a bit of work.”
Thousands of Americans slip and fall in stores, restaurants, and in their homes each year. Some slip and fall accident injuries can be very serious; while others are not. Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “I was shopping at Wal-Mart the other day, and I slipped and fell. What are my options for paying for my medical bills? I broke my wrist and will be out of work for at least two weeks.”
If you have a severe health condition which will not allow you to work or perform substantial gainful activity for at least 12 continuous months, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Unfortunately, if you do decide to apply for SSDI benefits there is a 45% chance that you will be denied benefits the first time you apply.
With this in mind, many disability applicants consider hiring a disability lawyer to help them argue their case, hoping this will improve their chances of winning. Although reports indicate a lawyer can improve your chances of winning benefits at every stage in the disability process, if you hire a lawyer but did not need to, you could end up unnecessarily paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars for their legal help. So before hiring a lawyer it’s important to consider several issues:
One thing all disability applicants can agree on is that the disability process is confusing and time-consuming. It’s almost impossible for first time applicants to understand everything they need to know to successfully navigate the process. In fact, one of the most confusing aspects of the process is deadlines and what to do if you missed a disability appeal deadline.
Recently on our disability forum a disability applicant asked the following question, “I received notice from the SSA that my disability application had been denied. They mentioned that I could do other work, specifically light work. I am not sure what this means or how to challenge the denial. Can you help?”