If you are disabled because of significant physical limitations, extreme mental health problems, advanced stage cancer, birth defects, degenerative diseases, and many other conditions, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits. Your disability does not have to be caused by an accident to qualify for benefits.
To request Social Security disability benefits, a disabled person must complete an application for benefits either online or in person at a Social Security Administration regional office. Once the application is filed, it will be investigated by a representative from the Social Security Administration. Based on this investigation, the representative will either grant or deny benefits.
- If an Application for Benefits is denied, a disabled person may file a Request for Reconsideration. The Social Security Administration follows much the same process in reviewing this request. If benefits are denied based on this request, the disabled person can file a Request for a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. It is often at these reconsideration and hearing request stages that it is helpful to have an attorney on your side.
- If a disabled person is awarded SSDI benefits, he or she will receive a monthly payment. The amount of this payment is determined based on the disabled person’s earnings record. In addition, two years after the disabled person was deemed eligible for Social Security benefits, he or she will be entitled to Medicare health benefits.