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Social Security Disability

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Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits for Those Who Need It

At Portner & Shure, P.A., we understand the challenges that individuals face when dealing with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. Navigating the complex world of disability benefits can be overwhelming, and that's where our dedicated team of SSDI lawyers steps in to provide expert guidance and support. With a proven track record of success, we are committed to helping clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. secure the benefits they rightfully deserve.

To arrange a free consultation and review of your case, call (410) 995-1515 or contact us online. We offer legal counsel in English, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese to better assist you.

What is SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program in the United States that provides financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a qualifying disability. Administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), SSDI is designed to offer support to individuals who have paid into the Social Security system through payroll taxes and have acquired enough work credits to be eligible for disability benefits.

To qualify for SSDI benefits, individuals must meet specific eligibility criteria. The primary considerations include having a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death, and the disability must prevent the individual from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). Additionally, applicants must have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits through their employment history.

Work credits are earned based on an individual's work history and the amount of income subject to Social Security taxes. The number of work credits needed to qualify for SSDI benefits depends on the age of the individual at the time they become disabled. Work credits are earned, up to a maximum of four per year, and the specific requirements may change annually.

SSDI Application Process

The application process for SSDI involves submitting a detailed application to the Social Security Administration. This can be done online, over the phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. The application requires information about the applicant's medical condition, work history, and other relevant details.

After reviewing the application and supporting documentation (e.g., medical records, diagnostic test results, statements from treating physicians, and other relevant documentation that demonstrates the impact of the disability on the individual's ability to work), the SSA will either approve or deny the claim. Unfortunately, a significant number of initial applications are often denied. In the event of a denial, applicants have the right to appeal the decision through a multi-step appeals process, including reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative law judge, and further appeals if necessary.

If approved, the amount of SSDI benefits is calculated based on the individual's average lifetime earnings before the onset of the disability. The primary goal is to replace a portion of the individual's lost income due to the inability to work. Certain family members of disabled workers may also be eligible for auxiliary benefits.

Individuals receiving SSDI benefits are subject to periodic reviews to assess whether their medical condition has improved or if they are still unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. This review, known as a Continuing Disability Review (CDR), helps ensure that benefits are provided to those who continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Filing an SSDI application requires attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the eligibility criteria. Our SSDI lawyers will guide you through the application process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is submitted accurately and promptly. Our goal is to maximize your chances of approval right from the start.

Additionally, if your initial SSDI application is denied, don't lose hope. Our experienced team is well-versed in the appeals process and will work diligently to present a compelling case on your behalf. Whether it involves gathering additional medical evidence or preparing you for a disability hearing, we are committed to pursuing every available avenue to secure the benefits you deserve.

How We Can Help

Our team of SSDI lawyers boasts extensive expertise and experience in handling a wide range of disability cases. We are well-versed in the intricate details of Social Security law and have successfully represented countless clients throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Our commitment to staying abreast of the latest developments in SSDI regulations ensures that we provide top-notch legal services tailored to each client's unique situation.

We understand that every SSDI case is unique, and we approach each client with a personalized strategy. At Portner & Shure, P.A., we take the time to thoroughly assess your situation, gather relevant information, and craft a tailored legal strategy. Our personalized approach ensures that you receive the attention and care your case deserves, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Contact our experienced team today by calling (410) 995-1515. We can connect you with a skilled slip and fall lawyer at one of our multiple office locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.

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