Does Your Injury Qualify for SSDI Benefits in Florida?

When you’ve suffered an injury or disability that prevents you from earning income for your home or family, the subsequent stress can be overwhelming on top of the pain or injury. Financial strain to your household creates emotional burdens which can prevent you from recovering or, in some cases, can cause your conditions to worsen.

Many claimants find the disability benefits application process cumbersome and confusing. Applications for benefits are often denied on the first submission, causing many to abandon their claim altogether. If you’re considering filing an application for SSDI benefits, it’s important to understand the types of injuries that qualify for social security benefits. With an understanding of the various guidelines, limitations and documentation requirements applicants can begin the benefits claims process armed with knowledge, confidence and less stress.

List of Disabling Conditions

Disability Must be Severe

Restrictions on Ability to Work

Finally, a claimant must successfully show that their qualifying, severe injury also permanently affects their ability to work. This is often an area where claimants fail to provide adequate information and see their initial SSDI benefits claims denied. A thorough description of your previous employment, including job duties and exacting descriptions of physical activity required must be submitted. Along with this, claimants must show that their disability or injury prevents them from performing the activity and no reasonable accommodation can be given by the employer. This often requires claimants obtaining witness testimony, statements, employee manuals or affidavits from supervisors or employers.

Once a claimant has proven they are no longer able to perform work, to receive permanent and full benefits they must also show that their condition also limits the ability to perform other work. This test will take into consideration current economic and employment opportunities the claimant may qualify for. An experienced advocate is often prepared for this contingency, providing adequate medical information from the outset so that an application meets both the current and alternative employment tests and has an increased chance of approval after initial submission.

Whether you choose to engage the services of an attorney, or go it alone, remember it’s important to review the list of qualifying conditions and thoroughly document how your disability fits the list, is severe and prevents you from performing your current or reasonably alternative job duties. Having an experienced SSDI advocate, such as those with the Law Offices of Justin McMurray P.C., canhelp navigate these uncertainties and prepare your claim for submission. If you’d like to discuss your Social Security benefits claim, contact us today for a free consultation of your case.

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