Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is government provided disability insurance which you pay for through your payroll deductions. Generally, a person must have worked 5 out of the last 10 years to be insured for benefits. In order to receive SSDI, a person must be insured for benefits and be disabled. In order to prove disability, a person must have a severe mental or physical impairment that prevents them from having gainful employment for at least 12 months. Aside from monetary benefits, anyone who qualifies for Social Security disability benefits also qualifies for the government-issued health insurance called Medicare.
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You can make disability claims for an “open period” or “closed period” of time. Even if a person has recovered from a serious illness or accident and is once again capable of working, he or she can make a claim for a “closed period” provided they were off work for a minimum of 12 months. With an “open period” claim, your benefits will continue as long as your disability continues.
The first step in applying for Social Security disability benefits is to file the initial application with your local Social Security Office. If the initial application is denied, you have a right to appeal the denial. The appeal must be filed within sixty days of the initial denial letter. This is called a “Request for Reconsideration." If this appeal is denied, you have sixty days to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Milwaukee. If you fail to follow through on these actions within the time allotted, you will have to file a new initial application and start the entire process over from the beginning.
Our attorneys can guide you through this process efficiently, gather the necessary documentation, and help you to avoid making any mistakes along the way.
For more information on this topic, please read: " A Guide to Understanding Social Security Disability / Supplemental Security Income " and/or " A Guide to Understanding Childhood Supplemental Security Income " by Thomas W. Durkin
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