The social security system allows some people with disabilities to receive financial assistance, apart from any private disability payments rendered by their employer. Such government assistance is usually referred to as “Social Security Disability Insurance."
Only persons with certain disabilities are eligible to receive social security disability assistance. Eligibility depends mainly on the severity of the disability or illness in relation to the person’s line of work. An eligible person can begin collecting social security disability payments even if they have not yet reached the age of retirement.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a complex body of requirements that define “disability” and disability eligibility requirements. One of the main factors is whether the person’s disability prevents them from both obtaining a job and maintaining that job for a set period of time.
The eligibility requirements for social security disability insurance are very complicated; however, the SSA usually follows a three-step determination process:
In some cases you may need to consult with a lawyer if you need assistance with the eligibility requirements for social security disability, and to make sure you file the proper paperwork so that your application is not denied.
The assistance of a qualified lawyer may often be necessary when filing for social security disability insurance. For instance, you may need the help of an attorney if you have been denied social security disability insurance and wish to appeal your application. Or if your current disability payments have stopped without a clear reason, you may need to contact a lawyer for advice or representation during legal proceedings.
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