Handling Social Security Disability Claims

If you have a medical condition that renders you unable to work and, based on your medical condition, it is expected that you will be unable to work for a period of 12 or more months, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

While both physical and psychological conditions may be considered, there are very specific requirements that must be met in order to prove that the condition from which you are suffering is a qualifying medical condition to meet the strict Social Security guidelines of eligibility. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices, LLC, are experienced in reviewing your medical conditions in order to advise you of your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.

Obtaining SSD Benefits

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have worked for a sufficient period of time during which time you paid, through your employment, into the Social Security trust.

  • This requirement is in addition to meeting the medical conditions of eligibility. Your benefits are based on the amount of money that you paid into the trust over the course of your employment history.
  • Because of this, if you and another person have the same medical condition, you would each likely receive a different benefit based on your respective past work histories.

  • In order to qualify, you must not be able to work full-time at any job, not just at the job that you left because of your medical condition. You must also apply for Social Security Disability benefits no later than five years after your disabling condition rendered you unable to work.

If you are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance, you will be eligible to receive Medicare to help you with your medical expenses after a period of 24 months.

The Appeals Process

Many Social Security Disability applications are denied initially. Don't let this discourage you, as a much higher percentage of applications are approved after an appeal to an administrative law judge. There is no fee for appealing your case unless you are successful in your appeal. The appeals process can be confusing and daunting and it is highly recommended that you seek legal representation.

The experienced attorneys at Tanner Law Offices, LLC, are able to help you navigate the often confusing and complex appellate process to help obtain the Social Security Disability benefits that you may be entitled to receive. To discuss your Social Security Disability matter in detail or to schedule a free consultation, call our firm today at 717-836-0471. You can also get in touch with us by submitting an online contact form.