Many people with disabling injuries and medical conditions have many questions about their eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits can be essential for disabled individuals to support themselves, but the qualification process can be frustratingly complex and non-transparent. The following are some frequently asked questions that our law firm regularly hears about SSDI. If you have questions about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to consult with us directly.
Can I receive a denial of SSDI benefits?
Many people are surprised to receive a denial of their application for SSDI benefits. Some of the more common reasons for denials of benefits include the following:
- Lack of Medical Documentation – The less documentation you have about your condition, the more likely it is that your claim will be denied. For this reason, it’s a good idea to see a doctor regularly before making a claim for benefits.
- Medical Reasons – Your disability claim may be denied because your medical condition is not severe enough to prevent you from doing any gainful work or is not expected to last at least 12 months.
- You Earn Too Much Income – If you are not blind and earn more than $1,180 per month, you are not eligible for SSDI benefits. Importantly, this limit only applies to work income – income from investments or other non-work sources does not count.
- A Lack of Communication – If Disability Determination Services (DDS) cannot communicate with you about your application for benefits, your claim will likely be denied. Some of the things that DDS may want to communicate with you about include your medical history and scheduling examinations to confirm your disability. If you have a representative (such as an attorney) handling your claim, be sure to stay in touch with him or her.
Will I qualify for SSDI if I’m already receiving other types of benefits?
You can qualify for SSDI if you are receiving other benefits, but you SSDI benefits may be reduced. Some of the benefits that may reduce your SSDI benefits include workers’ compensation, VA benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and certain pension payments. The way that other benefit programs interact with SSDI benefits can be complicated, so it’s a good idea for anyone receiving multiple benefits to discuss their options with an attorney. In fact, in some cases, it may be advantageous to apply for one benefit before another, so talking to a lawyer before even starting the application process is highly advisable. Failure to do so could result in missing out on significant benefits to which you are legally entitled.
Contact an Orange County Social Security Law Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you have questions about your SSDI claim or your claim has already been denied, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. Lawyer Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing law in California since 1981 and is committed to handling every aspect of each case he takes personally. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Marks, please call 949-748-6470 or contact us online.