Applying for disability benefits is never an easy task but there are ways to make sure you put your best case when applying for these benefits.
Before you file your SSDI benefits application you should consider ways to strengthen the SSDI application as there are various criteria you need to meet before disability benefits application is approved. Providing all the supporting evidence when you file your SSDI application helps to ensure your application is not denied.
Double Check Your Eligibility
Sometimes those applicants who are suffering from a medical condition that means they are disabled don’t have sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI. Social Security work credits are based on total annual wages or self-employment income.
You may earn up to 4 credits annually. The amount required for a work credit isn’t the same each year. In 2022, you can earn one work credit for $1,510 earned in wages. You can earn up to four work credits for each year you have worked.
Are You Unable to Work?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not just look at your previous jobs, but they will check to see if there is any other work you qualify for that will accommodate your disability.
You can strengthen your application by asking your doctor to conduct a Residual Functioning Capacity (RFC) assessment which determines your ability to do both physical and mental activities.
Your medical records are key to a successful SSDI application as they determine the severity of your medical condition. All your medical treatment providers should keep medical records on your behalf.
If your medical condition can be found in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book lists it may make it easier to win a claim for SSDI.
Filing for Unemployment
In theory it might be possible to get both unemployment benefit and SSDI. When you file an application for unemployment benefit you sign a statement to say that you are able to work and you are actively seeking work.
When filing an application for disability benefits you state that you are not able to work for at least 12 months due to a severe medical condition.
There are a few circumstances where a person might be in receipt of unemployment benefit and later becomes disabled while unemployed or became unable to work while employed because of an injury or illness on the job. These individuals may apply to both programs but are required to actively seek work in order to keep receiving unemployment benefits.
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