If you have suffered a debilitating injury or medical diagnosis and cannot work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But proving your disability will require you meet strict criteria, file a boatload of documentation and perhaps take two or three runs at attaining approval before claiming victory.
What are the requirements for SSD qualification?
To qualify for SSD benefits, you must:
How do I document my disability?
You may file a SSD claim online or file a claim in person at your local Social Security office. Documentation required includes:
What are my chances of approval?
More than 50 percent of SSD claims are denied after the initial application. Requests for reconsideration are common. If an appeal is denied, you may request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Persistence is required in most cases.
If you are unable to work because of a disability, contact an experienced SSD attorney at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. We are located in Cleveland and we are eager to assist you.