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Information You Should Know About Social Security

If you are sick or injured and you are no longer able to work, then there are social security disability benefits available that you may qualify for. There is a lengthy process you need to go through and there are certain criteria that you need to meet. You can learn more about social security, the process of applying, and why it is such a good idea for you to go through the process with a lawyer by reading the information available to you here: 

Who is eligible for social security?

In order for you to be eligible to receive social security disability, you need to prove that you are unable to perform a good amount of work duties due to a condition, injury, or illness. Physical as well as mental impairments may allow you to be eligible to receive these benefits. You need to show that these conditions that are preventing you from being able to perform job duties are expected to last for at least one year. 

There is a formula that is used in order to determine whether you are able to perform a level of work that the social security administration would deem to be a "substantial" amount of work. If you are able to make more than this amount, then you wouldn't be eligible for the full benefits, but you may still be able to receive a portion of them depending on your specific situation. 

If you have any questions about social security, then you can call and ask them directly. Or, you can ask a lawyer who will be able to answer your questions and advise you on the things that you should do and why. 

What is the process for being approved?

There are a lot of steps in the application process when it comes to applying for social security. You will need to fill out the application, which includes providing the social security administration with a lot of information. You may have to do some digging when it comes to making sure you get in everything they are asking for. They will want a lot of information about your previous employment going back years, as well as medical reports for anywhere you have been seen. This includes everything from your regular doctor to clinics, hospitals, and specialists. They will also want copies of reports from any tests or treatments you've had done, such as MRIs, for example. Lawyers are helpful when it comes to helping you to track down the information you will need. 

Why should you work with a lawyer?

It can be a long and grueling process when you are applying for social security disability benefits. If you have a lawyer, then the process can be made a lot simpler and you can even speed up the process, so you would start getting benefits sooner. Also, having a lawyer working with you on your case can greatly improve your chances of being approved.

For more information about working with a social security lawyer, contact a local law firm.