Orlando Social Security Disability Lawyer
Experts Helping Clients Throughout Florida Seek SSDI Benefits
The process of applying for and obtaining social security/disability benefits can be tedious, frustrating, confusing, and burdensome. The majority of people who apply for social security/disability benefits get rejected the first time, especially if they don’t use an attorney.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal insurance plan funded by payroll taxes and managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The purpose of SSDI is to provide supplemental income to eligible disabled Americans who cannot work because of their disability. SSDI benefits are either provided temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity, type, and permanency of the recipient's disability.
Here are a few important things you should know about SSDI benefits:
Alleged Onset Date
When you apply for social security disability benefits, you must include the alleged onset date (AOD). The alleged onset date is the date that you became disabled. As part of the review process of your application, the SSA will determine whether the date you provided is correct and will declare an established onset date (EOD). You will be eligible for social security disability benefits starting five months after the established onset date, and you may be able to receive these benefits for retroactive back pay going back up to 12 months.
Alleged Onset Date vs. Established Onset Date
The established onset date (EOD) is the date that the Social Security Administration determines as the onset date of your disability. The SSA does not have to accept your alleged onset date of disability and may determine a different date as the established onset date based upon whatever evidence or information you have supplied. The SSA must, however, have medical evidence that supports its decision.
Therefore, we are always careful to include sufficient evidence of the onset date of your disability. The difference between the EOD and the AOD can mean a difference of thousands of dollars to you and your family.
The SSA may deny a claim for SSDI if it is not properly completed or filed or if the SSA determines that the applicant is ineligible because he or she does not meet work, disability, and other requirements. The experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at The Trial Professionals use our vast experience and resources to handle Social Security appeals for clients throughout the entire State of Florida.
Determining Your Eligibility
We are here to answer your questions about determining your eligibility for SSDI benefits, and we hope that you will find helpful insight on our website as well. To determine whether or not you may be eligible for SSDI benefits, ask yourself the five simple questions below. If you have any additional questions, you can always call or email The Trial Professionals for a confidential, free consultation.
The SSA has strict qualifications in place to determine whether a social security disability applicant is genuinely disabled and, therefore, unable to work. In short, the SSA has a list of recognized disabilities. If the applicant's physical or mental condition is not included in the SSA's list of disabilities, however, the condition must be severe, must interfere with the applicant's ability to perform his or her previous job and must keep him or her from working in other areas. You must be out of work or must anticipate that you will be out of work for at least 12 continuous months. The applicant will have to provide sufficient medical evidence of his or her disability to his or her local Social Security office.
Filing for Benefits
You can file for benefits online, over the phone, by visiting your local Social Security office or through the help of The Trial Professionals. In applying for social security disability benefits, you will need to provide detailed information about yourself and your disability, and you are encouraged to attach medical records and other evidence to prove you are disabled.