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There are a few great sorrows in life and one is to become suddenly or gradually unable to work because of a disability or illness. A stable income can become less of a possibility. While Social Security disability benefits exist, the application process can be long and complex, and the eligibility requirements stringent. For some people, being denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) just adds insult to injury and is as heartbreaking as learning that there is little they can do to change their condition.
Research writer Maryam Louise wrote on Yahoo! about being denied disability benefits for the second time. The lack of financial support from the Social Security Administration (SSA) programs eventually led to virtual homelessness, vision problems, and cancellation of accounts that were supposed to serve as a social net.
“Although I had 18 months of savings in my bank when I became disabled, I went through it all in less than three years. At that point, I applied for Unemployment Insurance. This check brought in a small amount of money until I had a migraine related seizure at the Unemployment Office. After that, the Unemployment Office said I was required to have a letter from a doctor that showed I was not disabled.
Naturally, my doctors were not able to show that I was abled and my unemployment benefits were prematurely terminated. In other words, I was too disabled to get unemployment, but I was denied any disability financial assistance.”
Being denied compensation from the SSA may involve several factors, ranging from the nature and severity of the disability to the improper filing of one’s claim application. In Louise’s case, getting denied without any logical reason is also an unfortunate possibility. With the seemingly arbitrariness of benefit approvals at the SSA, it’s best you work with an experienced Social Security attorney to review your case.
If you are denied SSDI benefits, you can always try to appeal your case. Before you do, find out the basis of the denial, and ask a reputable Social Security law firm for the best way to approach your appeals case. You want to do it right this time – and a dedicated attorney, such as ours at Jan Dils Attorney at Law, can help you with the extensive paperwork for submission, and more importantly, in presenting your case professionally and persuasively. If you have additional questions about disability benefits, call us at 877.526.3457 for an expert consultation. If you’d prefer to contact us online, fill out this form and we will respond to you shortly.
(Source: How I Survived Financially when I was Denied Social Security Disability, Yahoo! Voices, 27 June, 2011)
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law