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Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Claims

It can be challenging to decide to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and a lot of misconceptions abound. Here are some of the most common questions we hear at Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh, LLC, from our clients:

Are all Social Security Disability claims automatically denied the first time?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not routinely deny every application for benefits the first time someone applies. It is true, however, that roughly two-thirds of all SSDI claims are initially denied. Many more are approved upon appeal.

What health conditions can qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Any condition or combination of conditions that makes you unable to work can qualify as a disability so long as your condition is expected to last at least one year or end in death. Both mental and physical disabilities can be eligible for benefits.

Is it true that you must have a condition that appears on the Listing of Impairments to get SSDI?

No. SSA’s “Blue Book” of impairments is a list of disorders that automatically qualify you as disabled so long as you exactly meet the listed description. However, many people qualify for SSDI benefits based on the fact that their impairments, taken as a whole, “meet or equal” a listed definition of disability in some category.

Is there an age limit for collecting Social Security Disability benefits?

Anybody between the age of 18 and full retirement age (which can range from 65 to 67) can receive SSDI benefits so long as they meet the medical and nonmedical requirements.

What can I do if my Social Security Disability claim is denied?

It is critical to file an appeal within the time limit specified in your denial letter. The first step in the appeals process is called a Request For Reconsideration.

Call Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh, LLC, For Help With Your SSDI Appeal

We understand the SSDI process and have been successfully helping residents of the Atlanta area and throughout Georgia obtain the SSDI benefits they need. Call 770-884-6705 or use our online form today to schedule your initial consultation.