If you have been injured with a severe disability and you are not able to continue to work you may have considered filing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In some cases disability applicants can get disability benefits faster and more readily with a disability lawyer’s help. But what do you do if you have talked to a disability lawyer and they have told you that they cannot help you with your disability claim? Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “What are my options if a disability attorney will not take my case?”
Trying to get disability benefits can be like hitting a hammer against your leg again and again, it’s agonizing, painful, and mind-baffling. So what are you doing wrong on your SSDI application? Could you make a few changes to your SSDI application and have more success? Are you ever going to be approved for SSDI benefits?
Unfortunately, up to 50-70% of initial SSDI applications are denied. Many denials occur, however, because claimants do not include the proper information about their work history or their medical condition. So how can you improve your chances of winning benefits the first time you apply? Make sure you understand what information you need to prove your case.
If you have been disabled for more than 12 continuous months but are not able to return to work you may not qualify for ongoing SSDI or SSI benefits, but you may be able to receive benefits for the period of time when you were not able to work, even if it was in the past. Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “What is a closed period for SSDI, and do I qualify for benefits for the time period I was not able to work?”
Unfortunately, with the aging population the cost to provide disability benefits has sky-rocketed. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, costs have now exceeded an estimated $300 billion annually in the United States. So what are the most common causes of disability within the aging population? According to the HHS, “the three most common causes of disability continued to be arthritis or rheumatism (affecting an estimated 8.6 million persons), back or spine problems (7.6 million), and heart trouble (3.0 million).”