How to Tell if You Qualify for Social Security Disability in Florida

When you’re no longer to work due to an illness, injury or disability you likely have a variety of concerns weighing on your mind. How will you afford to pay your monthly expenses? Will my medical bills outpace my savings? What if I’m unable to return to work?

Thankfully, for working suffering a temporary or permanent disability, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, provides benefits to qualified applicants that can help provide financial support. For claimants that meet the various requirements, SSDI (or in some cases SSI), may be the financial lifeline you need to reduce stress and let you focus on recovery.

The process for applying for social security benefits, however, can often be confusing and riddled with stringent application and documentation hurdles. Applicants should know that they are allowed to consult with an attorney who have experience with handling social security benefits claims, such as those with the offices of Justine McMurray, P.A. While no article can replace quality legal advice, here are a few basic facts that may help you tell whether you qualify for social security disability in Florida.

Worked in Jobs Covered by Social Security

Qualifying Medical Condition

Length of Expected Disability

Applicants will only qualify for social security disability benefits if their disability is expected to last for a year or more. Impairments that will resolve within a year do not qualify for benefits. Proper documentation of the expected length of FULL recovery is the key factor here for a successful disability application.

Filing of Complete Application for Social Security Benefits

Each of these various requirements must be thoroughly and completely documented in your initial application for social security disability benefits. Failure to completely fill out the initial application or provide the correct documentation, affidavits and other evidence, may delay your benefits or lead to a denial of your claim. Consulting with qualified legal counsel can often help applicants submit a thorough claim from the outset.

Additionally, if your initial claim for benefits has been denied an experienced social security benefits attorney can help walk you through the various stages of appeal, including preparing your case for review by an administrative law judge at an ALJ appeals hearing. If you have an impairment that prevents you from working and need legal advice regarding your SSDI claim, contact the Law Offices of Justin McMurray, P.A. for a free initial consultation regarding your case.


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