Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that helps millions of disabled Americans support themselves, but millions more apply for those benefits every year and fail to get them. Often, these people fail because they are not actually eligible for SSDI benefits and do not realize it. So what do you need in order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, and what can you do if you are not eligible?
Every year, millions of people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, but more than half of these applications are denied. Understanding how and why an SSDI or SSI application is denied is essential to ensuring your own application has the best chance possible of being accepted. Here are five of the most common reasons that people’s applications for SSDI or SSI benefits are denied:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits will be nearly 9% in 2023, the largest increase in Social Security benefits in 40 years. This even outpaces the 2022 COLA adjustment of 5.9%, which had been itself record-breaking at the time. Unfortunately, this adjustment is a reflection of rising prices that have made things more difficult for Social Security beneficiaries in the past year.
When people think about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they often think in terms of physical illnesses or injuries. However, there are plenty of people who suffer from psychological problems without an accompanying physical disability that can still benefit from SSDI or SSI. But can a psychological disorder alone really qualify you for Social Security disability benefits?
If you have a medical condition that significantly hampers your ability to handle daily tasks or impairs your ability to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, you need to sufficiently prove your medical condition is bad enough to legally qualify as a disability. But how do you go about proving that your medical condition is bad enough to merit getting disability benefits?
If you were denied access to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you may be able to appeal that decision to gain access to those benefits. However, the appeals process can be complicated, and its rate of success can depend on a variety of factors. Here are four factors that get considered in SSDI or SSI appeals: Continue reading “Four Factors That Get Considered in an SSDI or SSI Appeal”
Anyone who has a disability that makes them unable to work can apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, one of the principle programs under the SSA, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), requires that you prove you worked enough to earn your disability benefits. So how do you know if you have worked enough to be able to receive SSDI, and what happens if you do not meet that minimum criteria? Continue reading “When Have You Worked Enough for SSDI?”
If you are applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), or if you have already gone through the process, chances are you have at least heard of Disability Determination Services (DDS). They are the ones who will conduct your examination to determine if you are considered legally disabled. But why do you need to go to them in the first place? Is a regular doctor not good enough to make that kind of decision? Continue reading “Why Do You Need to Go to DDS For Your Disability Claim?”
If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, one of the major issues you will need to worry about is if you have enough work credits. If you do not have sufficient work credits, you may be disqualified from getting SSDI. But what are they, and how do you get enough of them to get SSDI benefits? Continue reading “Do You Have Enough Work Credits to Qualify for SSDI?”
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it will begin using teleconferencing software over the internet to conduct remote hearings for people with proceedings before the SSA. Until now, they have struggled to conduct hearings remotely due to technological limitations, causing delays and difficulties. However, by better integrating video conferencing technology, the SSA hopes to facilitate hearings for people applying for disability benefits.