How To File A Claim for Social Security Disability

Disability, and the inability to continue working in your chosen profession, adds an emotional dimension to an already difficult physical issue. The good news is that as an American worker, you have been paying into Social Security’s Disability Insurance (SSDI) program with every paycheck you earned, which should – if your disability qualifies – allow you to collect benefits which at least partly offset your loss of income from working. The key, however, is whether your disability is severe enough to render you totally unable to work. In this article by Allen Brown appearing in The Southern Maryland Chronicle, the author suggests that engaging an attorney to facilitate applying for your SSDI is a smart move which will help you avoid common mistakes which jeopardize your chances of being awarded benefits, and assist you with the appeal process if your benefits are initially denied. Click here to read more.

Keep in mind that although engaging an attorney to apply for SSDI, or to appeal an SSDI denial, is strongly recommended in the article, it is not required by Social Security. Indeed, applying for SSDI is a fairly easy online process which, if proper care is exercised, shouldn’t require an attorney. The same is true for the first appeal level – the Request for Reconsideration.  SSDI attorneys are, nevertheless, often used by those whose first appeal level is denied. If you have any questions about applying for SSDI, feel free to take advantage of The AMAC Foundation’s Social Security Advisory Service here…

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