Social Security law consists of the myriad of rules and regulations that the agency uses when deciding which applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be granted benefits, when the benefits will begin, and how much money will the successful applicant get every month.
SSDI benefits are available to people in Missouri who become disabled and not be able to work for a minimum of a year. Benefits are not automatic. To collect, the claimant must have paid enough into the system and not reached the age of retirement.
Requirements Needed To Receive Benefits
Social Security law is very specific. To receive SSDI, the claimant must have accumulated sufficient “work credits.” The credits, which must be accumulated before claiming disability, are based on the claimant’s income. The maximum number of credits to be eligible for SSDI that can be earned annually is four; the claimant must have accumulated at least 40 work credits, half of which must have been earned in the ten years leading to the claim date.
Social Security publishes what is known as the “Blue Book.” The book defines, in great detail, which conditions meet their definition of a disability. To be eligible for disability benefits, claimants must not be able to perform their current job or be retrained for another task due to a medical impairment.
Appealing A Denial Of Benefits
Far more claims are rejected than approved. Many of those that had their claim rejected will eventually win on appeal. The appeal process is complex, there are multiple stages involved, and wise applicants find engaging the services of a knowledgeable attorney to be to their advantage.
The majority of cases that are won on appeal reach an administrative law judge. It is here where additional evidence and testimony may be submitted. Approximately 60 percent of people that were initially denied benefits are approved at this stage.
Social Security law is strictly enforced when claiming disability benefits. If you need help, contact the Grundy Disability Group, LLC in Missouri. Visit them at http://www.grundydisabilitygroup.com/. Like us on our facebook page.