Social Security Disability Insurance
Martin County SSDI Lawyers
Please note that Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC does not specifically
practice in the field of Social Security Disability, but we always strive
to assist those in our community who are in need of help! As such, we
have a good relationship with local firms who are proficient and effective
in handling such cases. If you would like a referral to a reliable firm,
please feel free to reach out to our offices and we'll be sure to
get you in touch with a firm who can help.
Under federal law, there are benefits available for those who have certain
types of disabilities. There is a requirement to meet specific medical
criteria to qualify for benefits from this program. It is very difficult
to get Social Security disability benefits, and a huge majority of claims
are initially denied, even cases of disability that seem unquestionable.
Another important criterion to qualify for benefits under this program
is that you have worked long enough to be "insured" and you
have paid into the program through your taxes for long enough. The benefits
that are paid are based on the financial needs of the individual.
The first step of the process includes the collection of medical and other
information from you about your disability for review, and it will be
decided whether you qualify for benefits. The definition of disability
used by the agency can easily lead to a denial of your claim, and it is
advised that you get help from a qualified Martin County social security
The agency will want to know if you can still function at work in any capacity,
including your past duties or other duties. You are not considered eligible
for these benefits if you can still work and if you have the ability to
adjust to other work, the agency can deny your claim. They will also evaluate
your age, education, training and work experience when making a decision
about paying you benefits.
Types of Impairments for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
There is a list of impairments against which your claim will be measured.
The impairments are usually permanent, or expected to result in loss of
life, and the impairment must have lasted at least 12 months to qualify.
How these benefits are determined is extremely complex, and each type
of disability is carefully defined and you must meet the parameters set
in these definitions. There are a wide range of disabilities that could
qualify, including those involving the musculoskeletal system, special
senses and speech, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system,
the digestive system, genitourinary impairments, hematological disorders,
skin disorders, endocrine disorders, impairments that affect multiple
body system, neurological impairments, mental disorders, malignant neoplastic
diseases, and immune system disorders. Any claim for benefits must be
supported by medical information and medically acceptable clinical and
laboratory diagnostic techniques - not just your own statements about
your symptoms and how you feel.
The federal government funds this program through the taxes we pay through
employment. Your claim will be evaluated first through information provided
by your own medical doctor, surgeon or other practitioner. They then usually
arrange for what is termed a "consultive examination" (CE) to
get more information about your condition. The determination about your
eligibility could be based strictly upon supporting information from these
sources, or outside medical opinions could be sought about your disability.
A decision is made about whether you could be working in another field
through vocational rehabilitation, and if so, they refer you to such an agency.