The Basics of Applying for SSDI Benefits

If you are like most Americans, you have worked most of your life and have had Social Security taxes (FICA taxes) regularly taken out of your paychecks. When you are no longer able to work, you deserve to receive that money back to meet your daily financial needs. Unfortunately, more and more people are finding that the Social Security Administration is reluctant to part with the money that they paid in long ago.

At Florida Disability Advocates, we have assisted countless clients with Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) claims, including appealing denied claims. Attorney Chad Lawrence has 25 years of legal experience and the determination to see your case through to the end.

Our law firm understands the very particular language and information that must be incorporated into an SSDI application in order to expedite the process and maximize the chances of a favorable decision. We can help you secure the proper information from your treating physician. This can make all the difference in an SSDI claim.

How to Qualify for SSDI Benefits

In order to qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have paid Social Security taxes to the government for at least five out of the past 10 years. The amount you are eligible to receive in SSDI benefits depends upon how much you paid into the system over your career. If you have not worked for long enough to qualify for SSDI, however, you may possibly be eligible for Supplemental Security Income instead.
  2. You must be considered totally disabled from working. You must be able to show medical evidence that you are no longer able to perform any job due to your physical or mental condition. Although very few people meet the Social Security Administration's strict listing of impairments, a knowledgeable SSDI attorney may be able to prove that a combination of conditions — or even the medication you are taking — prevents you from performing even the most sedentary work.

Schedule a Personal Consultation With Our Tampa and Orlando SSDI Attorney

To learn more about how our Tampa Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer can assist you, arrange a free initial consultation today. Simply call our Orlando office at 407-738-4866 or our Tampa office at 813-514-0845, or fill out our online contact form.

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