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What to know when applying for SSDI benefits

Living with a disability can be challenging to say the least. If you have a disability that makes it difficult to continue working, what can you do? 

Individuals living with a disability that is expected to last for one year or longer may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. SSDI benefits are available even for individuals who can continue working, but your income must be less than $1,090 per month in most cases.

Applying for SSDI benefits can be a complex process. It is important to apply for benefits right away since it usually takes several months for claims to be reviewed and potentially approved. 

To help prepare for your claim, you will need to provide several different types of information as part of your application. Information that will need to be provided includes your medical records or other documentation of your disability, the name and address of your doctor and facilities where you received treatment and the names and addresses of recent employers.

Several factors are considered when applying for benefits. You should know that many SSDI claims are initially denied. However, you have the right to file an appeal to still see if your can receive benefits. 

Do not hesitate to file an appeal as these benefits can help you pay for monthly living expenses that can be difficult to afford when you are living with a disability. Working with an attorney can help you understand the SSDI process and what options are available in your specific situation. 

It is important to consult an attorney during the application process, especially if you are filing an appeal. A lawyer can make sure all necessary documents are in order when filing your appeal to make the process go smoother and faster.

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