What is SSDI?
Managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal insurance program designed to provide monthly benefits to people who are unable to work due to a disability.
If you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for 5 out of the last 10 years and are now completely disabled due to illness or injury, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. To do so, you must be able to prove to the SSA that you cannot perform your former job or any other type of work now that you are disabled. In addition, your condition must also be expected to last for at least 12 months.
To calculate your SSDI benefit amount, the SSA uses a formula based on your average lifetime earnings and the total number of years you have worked. If you have a family, you could receive additional benefits of up to 50% of your own monthly benefit amount.
To start the disability claim process, you will have to file an application with the SSA for disability benefits. This involves completing a Disability Report (Form SSA-3368) and submitting it through the online disability application portal.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a person who:
If you are not sure if you are eligible for SSDI benefits, here is a quick five-point checklist to help you figure out if you are a suitable candidate. Answer the questions below as best as you can.
Answering yes to a majority of these questions means you are likely eligible for SSDI benefits. However, if you are not sure how to answer any of the questions due to the uniqueness of your situation, you can contact us to get your case reviewed by our experienced SSDI attorneys free of charge.
Do I need a lawyer to apply for SSDI benefits?
Although hiring legal representation is not required when applying for SSDI benefits, statistics have shown that hiring a lawyer significantly improves your chances of success. For example, 66% of applicants are rejected by the SSA upon their first application; however, by hiring a lawyer, your odds of getting approved go up by as much as 23%. A study conducted by the Government Accountability Office also found that applicants with legal representation nearly tripled their odds of success at the hearing level.
When it comes to SSDI, making sure things are done correctly from the start is key, as fixing problems at a later stage of the process can be quite complex. The easiest way to ensure you are on the right track from day one is to have a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side who knows the system and can guide you through the entire process, preventing issues from arising later on. With the help of qualified SSDI legal representation, you will have a team of experts who can assist you with all aspects that the claim process may involve, such as:
LaPorte Law Firm has over 40 years of experience in handling SSDI claims
We have helped thousands of clients get the benefits they deserve, and we can help you too.
To get the disability benefits you deserve, you need an advocate you can trust — someone who works meticulously, leaving no room for error and completing the application process seamlessly. We are that law firm.
Reach out to us and say goodbye to all the complexities and confusion of the SSDI process. Let us make the process of getting your benefits as stress-free and easy as possible.
As your legal representative, we can help you by:
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How the SSDI application process works
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With over 40 years of service, LaPorte Law Firm has won thousands of claims and appeals for our clients.
Terry went above and beyond to get my brother approved for his Social Security benefits — jumping through many hoops in what should have been an easy process that was complicated by the unusual circumstances of the case. He fought through red tape and managed to get a successful outcome. His integrity and work ethic are fantastic!
Excellent free consultation. The firm carefully studied my case, and I won! I was only charged after winning and didn’t have to pay out of pocket, because the fee was taken out of my disability payment. The only downside was the wait for my hearing, but that’s more on the SSA side. It took about 18 months.
LaPorte Law Firm was wonderful to work with. They took a very stressful process and turned it into a positive experience by making me feel listened to and understood. They stood by me and were extremely supportive every step of the way. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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