There is just no way around the simple fact that applying for SSDI in California can be difficult. Too often, people assume that they can simply get online, fill out a few forms, and get the disability money they need. This is rarely the case. Keep reading to get the facts and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of assistance from an SSDI attorney.
Fact: Most People Are Denied when They First File
Believe it or not, well over half of the people who apply for SSDI are denied their first time. In fact, a recent study showed that it was a full 65% of people who were rejected their first time. This is frustrating because the process is lengthy and confusing enough, but when it leads to denial it can be truly devastating.
Fact: Only Those with Low Income Will Qualify
It is not uncommon for a person to be struggling financially and still make too much to qualify for SSDI. In order to qualify for SSDI, a person must fall within what is known as the “substantial gainful activity” threshold. For most people, this means no more than $1,220 a month in income, though blind applicants can make up to $2,040. All too often SSDI applicants end up living in poverty and are still told they make too much to qualify.
Fact: It is Essential to Have the Right Paperwork
One of the most important steps in the entire process is getting the paperwork you need. In fact, one of the most common reasons for SSDI denials is because essential documentation was not included, or the wrong paperwork was submitted.
This is often because people don’t know what medical evidence is required, or they do not realize how much is required. Once again, this is why it is wise to work with an attorney who can help prevent automatic denials caused by something as simple as missing a form.
Fact: It is Possible to Appeal a Denial but It Can Take Years
As mentioned before, the majority of disability applicants are denied benefits the first time they apply. They do have an option for appeal but it can a long time. The initial reconsideration phase of the appeal takes between 90 and 120 days but the rest of the process can go on for much longer. In fact, it can take a few years to get a hearing date because there is such a backlog of requests with the SSA.
Once again, this is all the more reason to work with an attorney from the beginning. The best-case scenario is that your claim is approved the first time and you can begin to receive benefits as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can help maximize the chance that your case will be approved. Contact us now at 800-333-0000 to request a consultation.