Did you know that nearly two-thirds of Social Security Disability claims are initially rejected by the Social Security Administration? Of course, some of these rejections are valid, as an applicant may not have a qualifying condition.
In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you must have a mental condition, injury or illness that is expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death. The condition must also be serious enough to prevent you from seeking gainful work during this time. Mental conditions such as depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and mental retardation can qualify for Social Security Disability. Qualifying physical impairments include brain injuries, spine injuries, back injuries and any serious injury that affects one’s ability to work. Illnesses that qualify include blood disease, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer. It is important to understand that even if an illness, mental condition, or injury is not listed on the Social Security Administration’s list it does not necessarily mean that an applicant will not qualify.
It is important when submitting your claim to have proof of your condition. This may include a medical history and confirmation from medical professionals as to the severity of your condition. Making certain that the application is filled out appropriately and completely can be challenging, especially for one already suffering from a debilitating condition.
Terry Katz & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law have served thousands of clients in New York since 1992. Our offices offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and determine whether you can qualify and what is necessary to get the benefits you need. From there, we will help you every step of the way along the path to fight for the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.