The policies and processes involved with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be very difficult to understand for people who are not familiar with them, and obtaining benefits can be very difficult. Despite the various websites and other resources the government makes available, many people still have trouble finding answers to their questions.
At the Maryland law firm of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., we represent clients in all aspects of the SSDI process, assisting with filing the initial application for benefits to addressing denied claims. We have developed our SSDI FAQs page in an effort to provide answers to the questions we receive most often on these cases.
- What is SSDI?
- Who is eligible for SSDI?
- What types of conditions does SSDI recognize?
- I don't think I have enough work history to qualify for SSDI. Are there any other benefits available?
- My request for benefits has been denied. What should I do?
Q: What is SSDI?
A: SSDI is Social Security Disability Insurance. It is a program that provides benefits for qualified people who have suffered a serious injury or are living with a condition that prevents them from working.
Q: Who is eligible for SSDI?
A: In order to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits, recipients must be living with an injury or qualifying medical condition that is expected to keep them out of work for at least 12 consecutive months or eventually result in death. You also must have worked for 10 consecutive quarters prior to becoming disabled.
Q: What types of conditions does SSDI recognize?
A: Any number of physical or mental impairments may qualify you for SSDI benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an official list of recognized conditions, and new ones are constantly being reviewed. We can review your case and give you an honest assessment regarding your eligibility for benefits.
Q: I don't think I have enough work history to qualify for SSDI. Are there any other benefits available?
A: Yes. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that provides financial benefits to people who are impaired but do not qualify for SSDI. We will review your case and help you determine which benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Q: My request for benefits has been denied. What should I do?
A: Speak to an attorney. You can challenge the denial through a reconsideration and appeals process. There are time limits in which to file an appeal of a Denial of Benefits. The process can be extremely complex, and the assistance of an attorney can help to ensure that your interests are protected.
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