SSDI is a program that provides monthly payments to people under 65 years old with qualifying disabilities and enough work credits. While it is extremely beneficial, it requires a person to go through an application process. For many, especially first-time applicants, the whole ordeal can be daunting. The lack of knowledge about what to do best makes it more challenging.
Here are some things first-time applicants need to know about SSDI application:
When To Apply
of the most common mistakes people do is that they wait for about 12 months from the date they become disabled before starting their SSDI application. What you need to know is that you can apply as soon as you get a disability.
But what is the significance of 12 months?
The possible cause of confusion for many is that SSDI benefits payments are only for total disability projected to last for more than 12 months. That means if you have medical documents supporting that your disability will last more than 12 months and you qualify based on the criteria, you can apply.
What You Need
The application process requires the submission of medical documentation of the disability. However, a doctor’s note will not suffice. You have to make sure the proof of disability covers the type of injury or disease and how severe it is. Check with the Social Security Administration (SSA) if your condition qualifies.
SSDI is not available for everyone. It has criteria that will determine if a person qualifies for the benefits. One factor to consider is how long you have been working.
Funds for the SSDI are from employees’ payment of Social Security taxes. To be eligible for social security disability benefits, a person must have worked for a certain number of quarters within a particular period. So, among the information used in evaluating an application is the age of the applicant at the time they got the disability and how long they have been employed on the disability date.