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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) plays a crucial role in alleviating the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and serves as a safety net. SSDI benefits can help individuals with disabilities cover their basic living expenses, reduce the financial strain associated with their disabilities, and enhance their quality of life.

If you have a physical or mental disability or illness that severely restricts your ability to work and earn a living, you might be eligible for SSDI benefits. At Walton Law, we are committed to helping individuals with severe disabilities and serious illnesses get the financial assistance they deserve and need. Whether you want to apply for SSDI benefits or want to appeal the denial of your application, we are here to help you.

Over the last 15 years, we have helped numerous individuals in Chickasaw and the surrounding areas with their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Call us today to find out how our SSD lawyers can help you. We have been through the legal battlefields before and know how to deal with legal booby traps and legal aerial attacks.

Eligibility Criteria to Qualify for SSDI Benefits in Chickasaw, AL 

To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must meet specific criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These include:

Work Credits 

You must have worked in jobs that are covered under the Social Security program and earned enough work credits. Work credits are earned based on the amount of income on which Social Security taxes are paid. In 2023, you can earn one work credit for every $1,640 in earnings and can earn up to four credits a year.

Recent Work Requirement 

To meet this requirement, you must have worked and earned a specific number of work credits in the years immediately before the onset of your disability or illness. The work credit requirements as well as recent work requirements depend on your age at the onset of the disability or illness.

Disability 

You must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or illness that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). You can find the list of impairments and illnesses that meet the SSA’s criteria for disability here.

Why are the Eligibility Criteria for SSDI Benefits So Stringent? 

There are many reasons why the eligibility criteria for SSDI benefits are so strict. These include:

  • The SSDI program is designed to provide assistance to those who are genuinely unable to work due to an impairment or illness. The strict eligibility criteria ensure that resources are allocated only to those who need them the most.
  • Strict eligibility criteria can help maintain the integrity of the SSDI program by preventing fraud and abuse.
  • The SSDI program is governed by federal law and the eligibility criteria are outlined in the Social Security Act. The strictness of eligibility requirements is a reflection of the legal requirements that the SSA must adhere to while determining disability status of the applicants.
  • The SSDI program is funded through payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers. Due to the financial constraints of the program, the SSA needs to carefully evaluate claims, allocate funds appropriately, and ensure the long-term viability of the program.

How Long Do SSDI Benefits Last? 

You can continue to receive SSDI benefits as long as you meet the criteria for disability. There are certain circumstances under which your payments might cease. These include:

Medical Improvement

If the SSA determines through a medical review that there has been a significant medical improvement in your condition and you can engage in substantial gainful activity, your benefits may be discontinued.

Return to Work

If you return to work and earn income above the SGA level, your SSDI benefits might be discontinued. With that said, there are work incentive programs and trial work periods in place to help you re-enter the workforce without immediately losing your benefits.

Reaching Retirement Age

Your SSDI benefits will automatically convert to Social Security retirement benefits when you reach your full retirement age. The amount of benefits you receive will remain the same, as it is only a change in the program under which the benefits are paid.

Death

SSDI benefits cease upon the death of the beneficiary. Pertaining to this, surviving spouses and certain dependents may be eligible for survivor benefits.

How Often Does the SSA Review a Recipient’s Disability? 

Once you start receiving SSDI benefits, the SSA might periodically review your case to ensure that you still meet the eligibility criteria. These reviews are known as continuing disability reviews (CDRs). The frequency of CDRs depends on the following factors:

Medical Improvement Expected 

If the SSA expects that your condition might improve, a CDR might be scheduled within 6 to 18 months after the onset of disability.

Medical Improvement Possible

If medical improvement is possible, but not expected, CDRs are generally conducted every three years.

Medical Improvement Not Expected 

If your condition is unlikely to improve, CDRs are generally conducted every seven years.

How Our Chickasaw, AL SSD Lawyers Can Help You with SSDI Application and Appeals Process 

There are many ways our experienced Chickasaw, AL SSD lawyers can help you with your SSDI application and appeals process. These include:

Case Evaluation

We can assess the specifics of your case and provide an honest evaluation of your chances of approval. We can identify strengths and weaknesses in your case and advise you on how to strengthen your claim.

Understanding of SSDI Regulations

We have an in-depth understanding of the complex regulations and legal requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). We can make sure that your application complies with all the necessary rules and guidelines.

Gathering Comprehensive Medical Evidence

One of the key factors in a successful SSDI claim is providing thorough and convincing medical evidence. We can guide you in gathering all the relevant medical records, test results, and statements from healthcare providers to support your disability claim.

Legal Representation in Appeals

If your initial SSDI application is denied, we can provide representation and guidance throughout the appeals process. This includes filing a Request for Reconsideration, representing you at a hearing before an administrative law judge, and, if necessary, appealing to higher levels.

Preparation for Hearings

If your case proceeds to a hearing, we can prepare you for what to expect, help you understand the types of questions you may be asked, represent you at the hearing, and present legal arguments on your behalf. This preparation can significantly improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Ensuring Timely and Accurate Filings

Missing deadlines or submitting incomplete information can be detrimental to your case. We can make sure that all paperwork is filed accurately and on time, helping to avoid unnecessary delays in the process.

Work Incentive and Trial Work Period Advice

If you are considering returning to work or have questions about the impact of work on your SSDI benefits, we can provide guidance on work incentives, trial work periods, and how employment may affect your eligibility.

Our Chickasaw, AL SSD Lawyers Can Help You Get the Benefits You are Entitled To

Applying for or appealing SSDI claims can be an incredibly challenging process. You need the expertise and guidance of a hardworking and knowledgeable lawyer in order to get the benefits you need.

The Chickasaw, AL SSD lawyers at Walton Law have an in-depth understanding of the complex regulations and procedural requirements associated with the SSDI application process. We can guide you through the process and take all possible steps to get your claim approved.

For more than 15 years, we have represented thousands of individuals in Chickasaw, Citronelle, Prichard, Satsuma, Mobile, and surrounding areas and have helped them get the benefits they need. We know the application and appeals processes inside out and have a success rate that few other firms can boast of.

Call us today at 251-455-5819 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.

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