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Four Things You Need to Know About Your Disability Claim

April 29, 2022 Social Security Disability

For those who are disabled and unable to work, filing for disability benefits can be a confusing process. Many people make the mistake of assuming that it will be simple and straightforward, only to discover the opposite. Meanwhile, the bills are piling up and you’re struggling to take care of your family. If you need to apply for disability benefits or your application has been denied, skilled Tampa disability lawyers can provide the help you need.

You Do Not Need to Wait 12 Months to File for Disability

Many people are under the mistaken impression that you need to have been disabled for 12 months before you can file for disability benefits. While this may be true in some cases, you can apply for benefits if your disability is expected to last at least 12 months. Because the disability approval process can take some time, the sooner you apply for benefits the more likely you will be able to avoid financial hardship. Knowledgeable Tampa disability lawyers will be able to determine when it is appropriate for you to apply for benefits. 

Your Application Can Be Denied

Experienced Tampa disability lawyers know that most applications for disability benefits filed by non-lawyers will be denied by the SSA. Failing to provide sufficient medical documentation is one of the most common reasons why applications are denied. Your lawyer can review your medical documentation and work with your doctors to ensure that your application clearly documents your disability. They can also respond to requests from the SSA for any additional documentation they may need to ensure that your application is approved the first time. 

You Have Appeal Rights

Some applications are denied despite your best efforts. Fortunately, the initial denial isn’t necessarily the end of the process. You have the right to appeal the decision, which can include multiple reviews by higher authorities. However, there are deadlines at each stage, so it is critical that you act quickly if your application has been denied. Tampa disability lawyers can help you navigate the appeal process successfully. 

SSI and SSDI Are Not the Same Thing

SSI (supplemental security income) and SSDI (social security disability income) are different types of benefits that are often confused because they meet very similar needs. The main difference between the two is how you qualify: 

  • SSI eligibility is determined by age or disability and income; 
  • SSDI is determined by disability and work credits

Those who do not have sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI may be able to qualify for SSI if they meet the income requirement. Tampa disability lawyers will know which benefits you qualify for and how to apply. 

Work With Knowledgeable Tampa Disability Lawyers. Contact Mike Murburg, P.A. For Help

If you are facing prolonged disability due to injury or illness, we can help you get the benefits you need as quickly as possible. As a national practice with offices in Tampa, Dade City, Hudson, and Inverness, we can help you wherever you may be. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 877-SSI-ATTY.