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Federal Benefits Program for Disabled Americans

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the largest federal benefit programs available to qualifying Americans. A federal insurance program, it is funded through the payroll taxes of those who are employed. The program provides supplemental income to those who qualify under the Social Security Administration guidelines regarding what is considered to be a physical or mental disability. Such a medical condition must be severe enough to prevent the individual from being able to work. The program differs from another federal program that benefits the blind, disabled, and over-65 age group, known as Supplemental Security Income.

Those under the age of 65 may qualify for SSDI benefits if they can demonstrate through medical evidence that they have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least one year or will result in death. The impairment must prevent them from engaging in what is called substantial gainful activity (SGA) by the SSA. The individual must also have accumulated a specific number of work credits through their payroll taxes or federal income tax returns, generally within the last 10 years of employment before the disabling condition occurred, in order to qualify.

If the disabling condition is not severe enough, if the applicant can engage in any past work or any work at all, if he or she does not have a sufficient employment history, or if the claimant's application fails to supply the necessary evidence or information needed by the SSA, then the likelihood of a denial is high. Medical evidence of the disability is crucial in any disability claim. This evidence generally consists of doctors' reports; types and dosages of medications taken; lab tests and results; a record of doctor, clinic, and hospital visits; treatments undergone; and any other information relevant to the medical condition.

Engage the Services of a Monroe County SSDI Lawyer

SSDI applications often result in denials. When denied, it is highly advised that you engage the services of a Rochester Social Security disability attorney who can represent you in the ensuing appeals process. At Mark J. Palmiere, Attorneys at Law, I offer a free consultation in which I can review your case to determine whether you qualify for SSDI benefits and how best to present and / or amplify your claim for optimal results. The application and appeals processes can be lengthy, confusing, and tedious; legal representation can help smooth the way, giving you the peace of mind that your claim will be handled in the most professional and competent manner possible.

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