5 Clear Signs You’ll Be Approved For SSDI Benefits
With almost 70% of disability claims being rejected each year, submitting a disability claim can be a stressful experience. The SSA has strict standards regarding disability payments, and even rock-solid cases can fail simply by missing a few key details. Although there is no guarantee that your claim will be initially accepted, there are a few steps you can take to improve your chances.
5 Signs You’ll Be Approved For SSDI
While the outcome varies from case to case, your possibilities are much higher if you closely fit the SSA’s criteria for long-term disability payments. Here are five signs that your claim has a higher chance of being accepted:
You Have Enough Medical Evidence To Support Your Claim
The most successful claims provide relevant medical evidence that you can’t work because of your disability. According to the SSA, this proof must be objective and from a “professional medical source” to be eligible. The medical documentation you provide helps the SSA determine your medical condition and how it’s preventing you from working. If you don’t have any evidence, your initial application has a higher chance of rejection.
You’ll Be On Disability For 12 Months Or Longer
SSDI benefits are available to those who know they will be disabled for 12 months or longer. Benefits are only granted after a waiting period because the SSA wants to be sure that your condition is long-term. If you prove that you have a medical condition requiring prolonged medical treatment, you’ll have a higher chance of your claim moving forward.
You Can’t Work At All Due To Your Disability
When you apply for benefits, the assumption is that you’re entirely unable to work because of your medical condition. The SSA will measure your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC), or the maximum you can still do despite your health condition. If your doctor determines that your RFC is too low to perform any work, your claim will likely be approved.
Your Illness Is In The SSA’s Blue Book Listing
The Blue Book is a general reference to medical conditions severe enough to qualify for disability payments. Each impairment listing contains specific guidelines based on the type of disorder, injury, or other symptoms related to your diagnosis. The closer your symptoms match a blue book category, the easier it will be for the SSA to determine whether you qualify for benefits.
You Have Enough Work Credits
Another main factor in getting your application approved is meeting the minimum number of work credits to qualify for disability. Every year, you can receive up to four Social Security or Medicare work credits for every $1,510 in covered earnings. When you meet the minimum work credits based on your age and years of work, you’ll be eligible for SSDI.
Our Lawyers Can Help You Win Your Disability Claim
Getting approved for SSDI requires a lot of effort to submit a successful application. Despite the SSA’s strict requirements, personalizing your case and gathering detailed evidence can increase the chances of your claim being successful.
Our team of social security disability attorneys have over 25 years of experience navigating SSA bureaucracy and will guide you through the application process from start to finish. Please fill out our contact form on our website, or call us at 855-622-7686 if you have any questions or want to schedule a free consultation today. We serve Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and more.