Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to ensure that those who are injured while working still have the means to care for themselves. SSDI provides those injured employees with benefits that are received on a monthly basis if the government deems the person eligible. Unfortunately, the days where those that are injured can receive these benefits appear to be numbered. The funds available for this program seem to be drying up and the government has suggested that there will be no money left by the end of 2016.
The State of SSDI
Unless serious measures are taken soon, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may no longer be available to those who need it. Since the fund is scheduled to run out by the end of 2016 this initially will lead to a 19% cut in benefits. Some argue that one way to prevent this from happening is to create a flat benefit, which would replace the progressive benefit structure. They feel that this will allow for the program to stay afloat in the long run without raising taxes. A flat structure would only affect new beneficiaries while those who already were receiving a check would continue to receive the same amount.
As long as the program is not reformed, the following will be taken into consideration when considering whether a person qualifies for SSDI. A person cannot be considered disabled if they are currently making over $1,090 a month. For a person to be eligible, they must be able to show that his or her medical condition would interfere with work-related activities. The government has developed a list of conditions that make people automatically eligible for SSDI. When a person’s condition is not on the list, then the severity of the condition will be compared to a medical condition that is on the list. If it compares then you qualify as disabled; however, in the off-chance that you do not, then the government will examine whether the condition prevents you from your ability to do work that you previously did prior to the development of the condition. The Disability Determination Services office will determine whether your medical condition makes you available for SSDI. The office will look at numerous issues such as education, age and experience, to name a few. An attorney who has prepared SSDI applications know what standards need to be met in order for a person to qualify and can help a person prepare as complete of an application as they can.
Do You Have a Disability that is Prevents You from Working?
If you have a life-altering condition that is preventing you from working, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. The Solomon Law Group can review your claim with you to help you prepare your application. We can also help you if you are interested in appealing an already submitted application that was denied. Contact our firm today at 803-219-8870, so we can assist you as you begin the Social Security Disability Insurance application process.