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Social Security Disability Insurance
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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 disability lawyer.

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 for social security disability, including:

  • Disabilities affecting the musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, or multiple body systems
  • Disabilities affecting special senses and speech
  • Neurological impairments
  • Mental disorders
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases
  • Immune system disorders
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Endocrine 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.

For a referral to a trustworthy firm that handles social security disability insurance, contact our experienced attorneys.

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