Is Obtaining SSDI Benefits Difficult?

Is Obtaining SSDI Benefits Difficult?

Across the United States, approximately 8.2 million Americans receive Social Security Disability benefits. There are many factors that go into how the Social Security Administration evaluates a person’s SSDI claim when it comes to determining if they qualify for benefits. For most initial applicants the road to receiving benefits is a long haul as just about 35% of first-time claims actually get approved. The rest of the claimants either never receive benefits or have to go through the SSDI appeals process before benefits are approved.

When submitting a claim, it is important that all paperwork is done correctly and filled out appropriately. Also, having enough supplemental information showing a disability exists is necessary. If you are unsure how to assemble your SSDI claim, then working with a Plano SSDI lawyer could be beneficial. When you work with an attorney who understands the system, you increase the possibility of being approved for benefits in the least amount of time.

What Makes Receiving SSDI a Challenge?

Why is Obtaining SSDI so HardWhen the SSA reviews an application they have to think about the American taxpayer. Even though agents at the SSA work hard to rid the system of fraud, it still exists. This means that scrutinizing applications to only approve those individuals who truly need benefits is a prime concern and goal. SSDI is meant to be a financial support system that the government has for individuals that are truly disabled and legitimately cannot work in any capacity and earn a living. 

To qualify for SSDI benefits, one must have an approved disabling condition. Or an injury or ailment that can be approved as a disablement. The disability must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months or longer, or end in death. Also, one must have worked long enough that they accrued the required amount of work credits to be eligible for benefits.

The SSA must determine from your claim that you are, in fact, disabled. If the SSA believes that you can work in some functional capacity and engage in gainful employment, then your claim will be denied. To show that your disability is a limiting factor to your ability to work, you have to have ample medical documentation such as:

  • A formal diagnosis.
  • Lab results that show health issues.
  • Logs of appointments and visits to medical facilities, treatment centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals.
  • Documented medical treatment.
  • History of medications associated with the condition or injury.
  • Written statements from qualified medical professionals.

This list provides many examples of what type of supporting documentation can help your claim but it is not exhaustive. The more information you can supply the SSA to prove your condition exists and is disabling the better. Many claims do not give enough information to clearly show that their disability truly keeps them from working.

Other circumstances can also lead to a denial. For instance, if the SSA requests additional documentation, it is n your best interest to provide what is asked for as soon as possible. Failure to do so can also be grounds for denial. If it can be shown that you are not following through with your medical treatment program and the doctor’s recommendations, this too could be a valid reason for denial.

Speak to a Plano SSDI Attorney Today

The SSDI system can be confusing and frustrating. If you live in Texas and you are applying for SSDI benefits or have been denied and are unsure what to do next, call Brad Thomas Law Office. Brad Thomas is a Plano SSDI attorney that can help you with your claim. To schedule a free consultation, please call (972) 863-2367.