Sometimes people are forced to take extended leave from their employment due to injuries and illnesses that prevent them from being able to do their jobs. When people are forced to miss work for these reasons, it can particularly difficult because it means that they will most likely not be able to find a different job in the near future. This means that people will need to find a different form of income in order to keep paying their bills. If the injury or illness is severe enough to prevent people from working for at least a year, in many situations they may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits can help with financial difficulties and medical costs.
In order to obtain these benefits, people need to apply and provide medical evidence of their injury or illness. Once the application is received, it will be reviewed. Many people are denied SSDI benefits based on the initial application, but people have a right to appeal that decision and could still receive the benefits.
The first part of the appeals process is reconsideration, which is when the application is reviewed by another person. If that is denied, people have a right to a hearing to present their evidence to an administrative law judge. If that is denied, people can appeal the decision to the Appeals Council and, if that is denied, it can be appealed to federal court.
Many people in Georgia apply for SSDI benefits and are initially denied benefits. People who have their benefits denied can appeal this decision and may eventually receive the benefits they need.