If you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for 5 out of the last 10 years and are now totally disabled due to illness or injury, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. First, you must be able to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you cannot perform your former job or any other type of work now that you are disabled. Your condition must also be one that will last or is expected to last 12 months or longer. (Please contact us if you have any questions about your eligibility.)
The SSA uses a formula based on your average lifetime earnings and the total number of years you have worked to calculate the SSDI benefit amount. If you have a family, you could receive additional benefits of up to 50 percent of your own monthly benefit amount.
The SSA wants to be sure that every decision made about your SSDI claim is correct, so it will carefully consider all the information in your case before taking any action that affects your eligibility or your benefit amount. When the SSA does make a decision on your claim, it will send you a letter explaining the decision. If you do not agree with the decision, you can appeal it and ask the SSA to look at your case again.
When you ask for an appeal, the SSA will reconsider the entire decision, even those parts that were in your favor. Whether or not your appeal is successful depends largely on how well your paperwork and appeal are prepared, something the LaPorte Law Firm has decades of experience in. Our Social Security disability appeal lawyers have been successful in obtaining benefits for thousands of clients in SSDI appeals, and will apply all of our knowledge and skill to ensure your appeal is equally as successful.