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A personal injury accident can lead to permanent impairment and could leave an individual unable to work for an extended period of time, or maybe even forever. However, people are often unaware of what options they have and what’s available to them at any given time. Fortunately, the team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, understands the various laws, the Social Security Administration’s criteria for benefits, and how to prepare for unforeseen challenges.
An attorney who is knowledgeable in both personal injury and Social Security law can guide you through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and ensure that all avenues of assistance are fully utilized when you find yourself injured and unable to work. Connect with one of our Charleston SSDI lawyers for the legal assistance you need to succeed in your case.
The SSA’s definition for disability for SSDI purposes is a severe impairment or combination of severe impairments that prevents someone from performing substantial work for 12 months or longer or which is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. In other words, a qualifying disability must cause more than a minimal effect on an applicant’s ability to work.
For example, diabetes can impact individuals very differently. One person may be able to control their condition with medication (i.e., by taking insulin injections) without experiencing many symptoms. In that case, the SSA might deem that they are not severely disabled despite having a diabetes diagnosis.
Alternatively, someone else with diabetes may also have neuropathy, vision problems, or open sores that won’t heal, meanwhile their diabetes is uncontrolled despite medication and diet restrictions. That person will likely be considered disabled enough even though another applicant with the same diagnosis was denied.
If you are unable to engage in any substantial work because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which is expected to result in death or which would last or is expected to last for a continuous 12 months, you must still satisfy the SSA’s past employment requirements to qualify for SSDI benefits.
Specifically, you must have worked long enough and earned enough work credits to be insured at the time that your disability began. Importantly, monthly SSDI benefits are not available for partial or short-term disabilities under the SSA’s standards.
If you can no longer perform the work that you did before becoming disabled and cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions, you should contact one of the steadfast Charleston attorneys at our firm to start the application process as soon as possible. Otherwise, if you have already applied for SSDI and received a denial, our team can help you file an appeal to challenge the SSA’s determination on your eligibility.
Most SSDI claims receive denials from the SSA, for one reason or another. The lawyers from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can help you submit a comprehensive and detailed initial application or file an appeal on your behalf if your claim has already been denied. Work with one of our Charleston SSDI lawyers to improve your chances of success. Call today to get started.
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