If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, you probably already know that the process of receiving compensation for medical care and lost wages is often difficult and complex. You may even need the services of an experienced Workers' Compensation lawyer to secure benefits under Workers' Compensation law.
If your workplace injury or illness results in disability that prevents you from working, it can be even more complicated. The federal government, under the Social Security Administration, provides benefits for disabled Americans under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. However, the application process for SSDI benefits is extremely complex and requires extensive documentation and only about 10% of applicants are approved on the first try.
Applying for SSDI Benefits Because of the need to prevent fraudulent disability claims, SSDI applicants must provide thorough medical documentation to prove that they meet each of the requirements for disability benefits. Unfortunately, this often means that legitimate claims are denied because of insufficient evidence.
To receive SSDI benefits, you must prove that:
You have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from engaging in "substantial gainful activity."
Your condition is severe and expected to last at least a year or cause death.
You are no longer able to perform work you previously did.
You are unable to find any other work in the economy with your condition.
Needless to say, it is very difficult for an individual alone to prove each and every one of these qualifications, especially without detailed knowledge of the SSDI system. Because most people are denied on their initial application for SSDI benefits, many who are unable to work become discouraged and worry that they may never get the financial help they need.
Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer If you have been injured or become ill on the job and are no longer able to work, you may find it extremely helpful to hire an Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer. Social Security disability lawyers know the ins and outs of the SSDI bureaucracy as well as all the documentation you will need for a successful SSDI claim. If your initial claim is denied, a Social Security disability attorney can help you appeal the denial and get it overturned.
Do not give up if your application for SSDI benefits is not approved on the first try. This is very common, even for legitimately qualifying individuals. It is not too late to seek legal guidance from a Social Security Disability lawyer.
If you or a loved one is seeking SSDI benefits following a workplace injury or illness in Georgia, please visit the Atlanta Social Security disability lawyers of Robbins & Associates, P.C. online at www.robbinslaw.com to schedule a consultation.