Your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits cannot be claimed unless you become disabled. For you to file a disability benefits claim, you must have a severe impairment that prevents you from performing working. Also, it won’t really matter what age you became disabled; as long as you have worked long enough to entitle you work credits, you’re eligible.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), your disability must be severe and is expected to last for at least 12 months or could result in death. Therefore, your claim must contain enough evidence to prove that you are indeed have a disability and are entitled for benefits. Medical evidence should include, among others:
Aside from medical records, it is also necessary that your Social Security claim should contain your work history. If you have worked over a 10-year period, for example, it is enough to have earned to up at least four work credits to be qualified for disability benefits. If you have worked longer than that, it is possible that you can easily qualify for benefits not only due to your work history, but also because of the work credits that you have accumulated as per Social Security guidelines.
The only problem in filing for SSDI is that it demands tedious work on your part. Depending on the case, the review of the claim could take either months or up to a year or two. Likewise, it is possible that your claim may be denied at the review. Statistics show that only 30 percent of claims reviewed by the SSA are approved.
With the difficulty of acquiring benefits at the start of the application process, filing an SSDI claim, therefore, must be met with a great sense of urgency. To make your job of filing your claim easier, you must hire an experienced Social Security attorney. He or she can evaluate your case and provide you a walkthrough in this hard and complicated process.
Fortunately, the Mesriani Law Group (MLG) has a pool of seasoned Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyers who can expertly handle your claim and make sure that you are awarded the best possible benefits in which you are entitled to receive.