If you are disabled and have considered applying for disability benefits, or if you are somewhere in the process of doing so already, you may find the waiting process to be a stressful experience. That’s normal and understandable. The unfortunate truth is that the Social Security Administration often initially denies disability claims, at least following the initial application. As a result, many applicants will need to try more than once and be certain that they thoroughly prove their case. May are also eager for signs that their claim may be approved.
A few signs that your disability claim may be approved include:
- 1). You have a condition that the Social Security Administration will consider as “disabling”: This is a prerequisite to the success of any disability claim. The Social Security Administration has what is commonly referred to as a “Blue Book”. The Blue Book is a guide containing a list of conditions, and the symptoms of those conditions, which, if proven, will significantly increase your likelihood of claim approval. This does not mean that if your condition is not listed you’ll always be denied – it simply means that you will have to prove, in other ways, that your condition meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled”.
- 2). You have sufficient medical evidence: The importance of having sufficient medical evidence when seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration cannot be overstated. The Social Security Administration will thoroughly review your medical evidence, and that is why it is important to ensure that you provide all of the proof that you can. Some medical records that may be helpful to your claim include: records of your medical history, various diagnostic medical reports, copies of x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other imaging, letters from medical providers, prescription drug receipts, and any other evidence that your attorney advises would be helpful.
- 3). Your condition renders you unable to work: To be approved for disability benefits, you must be able to prove that the condition for which you are seeking benefits has rendered you unable to work for at least 12 consecutive months. You should be able to obtain documentation from your employer regarding your inability to work. Copies of paycheck stubs or monthly bank statements may also be helpful in this regard.
- 4). You cannot participate in substantial gainful activity: To approve a claim for benefits, the Social Security Administration will want to be assured that the applicant cannot participate in substantial gainful activity, otherwise referred to as SGA. This essentially means that even if you are unable to work you may be able to earn some income, provided it does not go over the monthly SGA amount determined by the Social Security Administration. This amount will vary from year to year, but in 2022 for example, the monthly SGA for a blind applicant was $2,260, while the monthly SGA for a non-blind applicant was $1,350.
- 5). You have hired a Social Security attorney: This is a crucial step in any claim for disability benefits. Hiring an attorney who knows and understands the law can make all the difference between a smooth disability claim experience and a stressful one. When it comes to legal matters, what you don’t know can make the difference between fully asserting your rights and neglecting to take important steps that may cause you to forfeit the compensation you otherwise deserve. Don’t make that mistake. Find an attorney who can fight for you, and who can guide you through this complex process each step of the way.
Anyone who struggles with a disability knows that it is a very difficult experience. It can be overwhelming to try to find time to receive the medical treatment you need and focus on the future while also trying to provide for yourself and those you love. This can particularly be the case if your disability has rendered you unable to work and earn an income as you otherwise normally would. Fortunately, if you find yourself in the situation you may qualify for benefits, and you need to assert your rights. At London Eligibility, we’re here to help you do exactly that.
London Eligibility – Your Disability Attorneys
While being disabled is a difficult experience it does not have to be an experience that you go through alone. At London Eligibility, our talented and knowledgeable team of Social Security disability experts is here to help. We understand every aspect of the process of applying for benefits from the initial application through the final appeals. Wherever you are, we’ll meet you there. We are ready to pursue the best legal strategies on your behalf and help you to find a path forward toward a better and brighter chapter ahead. If you’re ready to get started give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you soon.