Getting SSDI benefits is not as simple as getting a doctor’s note that you can no longer work. In fact, the Social Security Administration has many requirements for SSDI benefits which you must meet to be awarded benefits. Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “If the doctor has taken me off work does that mean I will automatically get approved for disability benefits?”
If you have had your Social Security Disability hearing and you are waiting for the judge to issue their written opinion you may already have waited months or years just to get to this point. Recently on our forum a user asked, “I had my hearing over thirty days ago and I still have not heard anything from the judge. How much longer will have to wait?”
With millions of workers applying for disability benefits each year it can months, if not years, to be awarded benefits. Unfortunately, most disability applicants have not saved up enough money to support themselves without working. Recently on our disability forum a worker asked, “If I need to apply for disability benefits can I keep working until I am approved?”
Workers are often surprised when they receive an SSDI denial. Guess what? They shouldn’t be. In fact, the SSA estimates that as many as 70% of disability applicants receive an SSDI denial. Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “I filed for disability and waited months for a decision. When I did hear from the SSA they sent me an SSDI denial stating I could go back to work. What are my options for getting SSDI benefits?”
Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI is offered to claimants who have a condition which is expected to last at least 12 continuous months and is so severe they are unable to work. But what if you have a short-term disability? Does it make sense to apply for SSDI benefit if you plan to return to work after a year or two?