If a recent injury, accident or illness has left you unable to perform tasks you used to be able to do, this can have a huge impact on your life in general. It can be especially upsetting if your condition or injury has made working at your job difficult or impossible. You may be eligible to apply for disability assistance, which can help make a bad time better and give you some peace of mind while you concentrate on healing or adjusting to your new circumstances. Here are some tips to help you navigate the application process for Social Security disability benefits.
Apply as Soon as You Become Disabled- According to the Social Security website, an individual should apply for disability benefits as soon as possible after becoming disabled due to injury or illness. Because you will not be able to receive your first benefits distribution check until the sixth full month of disability, it is in your best interest to get the ball rolling and begin the process at your earliest convenience.
Check Your SSI Eligibility– You may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which helps bridge the gap between the date you became disabled and the date your full Social Security disability benefits begin six months later. If you are eligible to receive SSI, you will receive your first distribution check the first full month after the date you filed your claim. You or your attorney may contact the Social Security office to see if you meet SSI eligibility requirements.
Become Familiar With the Blue Book– The Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, more commonly known as the “Blue Book,” are the set of guidelines used by Social Security to determine eligibility for disability benefits. This book contains medical criteria used for evaluating Social Security disability claims and determining the amount an individual can receive each month based on the extent of their disability. By locating your specific injury or illness in the Blue Book, you can get an accurate picture of how much, if any, assistance you are eligible to receive from Social Security.
Apply for Disability with Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates
Applying for disability benefits can be as confusing as it is time-consuming. The law office of Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates is here to help! Our experienced team of legal professionals understands the ins and outs of Social Security disability claims and can help you file yours. Not only that, but our attorneys will work to ensure that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to, so you can move on with your life. For residents of Columbia, MD and surrounding areas, Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates is in your corner to help you through this tough time and get you the benefits you need. Call our Columbia, MD office today at 301-596-3636 to schedule your initial consultation.