If you suffered a serious injury or were diagnosed with a disabling medical condition and can no longer do your job—or any of the jobs you've done in the past—you might assume that you're certain to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. In order to be approved for SSDI, you must be unable to perform any type of work, not just the duties of your current job or those you've done in positions you've held previously.
Factors Used to Determine Work Type
The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether you're still capable of working, using factors like your age, education, and past work history to make a decision. If you're younger than 55, have education or skills that could transfer over to a new job or field, or are able to do unskilled, sedentary work, they may deny your application, deciding that you're not sufficiently disabled for the purpose of collecting SSDI benefits.
How an Attorney Can Help
Working with a knowledgeable and experienced Social Security disability attorney can help increase your chances of being approved for these much-needed benefits. We can assist you in completing your SSDI application, ensuring that your medical records and the statements from your doctors accurately describe your disability and resulting limitations. Additionally, we can make sure your work history correctly details your duties and responsibilities, so that Disability Determination Services (DDS) examiners and consultants don't overestimate what you can do.
That's not all—if your SSDI application has already been denied because the SSA claims that you can still do work of some kind, our team of dedicated disability lawyers can appeal the decision and provide skillful representation at your disability hearing. This often includes careful, yet aggressive, cross-examination of vocational consultants hired by the SSA.
Let Us Handle Your SSDI Application or Appeal
If you're disabled, but the SSA insists you can work, there's far too much at stake to go it alone. At O'Connor Law PLLC, our compassionate and adept disability attorneys can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.