Social Security Disability insurance benefits are designed to provide a safety net for hardworking Americans who find themselves in a tough position. Filing for long-term Social Security Disability insurance benefits requires extensive medical and financial documentation.
Here's how a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you compile and submit all of the documentation you'll need to successfully file a claim.
Long-term Social Security Disability insurance benefits are awarded to individuals who can no longer work. The list of eligible disabilities includes physical, cognitive, and emotional conditions. Your Social Security Disability lawyer can make sure that the medical documentation you include with your application meets the criteria set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Your primary medical provider should be where the medical documentation process should start. If your primary medical provider is able to diagnose your disability, you'll need authorize access to your full medical records. You may also need them to complete medical documentation forms provided by the SSA. If your primary health care provider can't diagnose your disability, you may need to consult a specialist. In addition to consulting with a specialist, you might also need the opinion of a physical or occupational therapist to help you prove that your disability prevents you from working. You Social Security Disability lawyer can make sure that the medical component of your application is double-checked and satisfies the burden of proof stipulated by the SSA.
To be eligible to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits you also need to prove that you have severe financial need and that you've sufficiently paid into the Social Security system.
Social Security benefits are only eligible to workers who've paid into the Social Security system through income taxes. Documenting that you've paid taxes on your wages throughout your employment career can be tricky. In addition to providing your W2s, you will also need to include detailed bank records to show that your income and your financial assets correlate appropriately. If your assets and your income don't match, the SSA might conclude that you have other sources of income and/or you did not pay your taxes.
Social Security Disability benefits are awarded to individuals who can longer work as they once had. For instance, if you were a construction worker and a long-term disability will prevent you for performing manual labor, you're likely eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
Reach out to a local Social Security Disability lawyer to learn more.