Have you been injured at work? If the answer is yes, then you should be aware of worker’s compensation. Among other things, you may be eligible to apply for social security disability insurance (SSDI).
If your injury caused any type of disability which prevents you from working or returning to work, you could seek social security disability benefits. It is a federal program, designed to provide injured individuals with monthly cash benefits, assuming that these individuals paid Social Security taxes regularly.
Most people have no clue what to do in order to obtain SSDI. Here are some tips that will help you get started.
Who can Apply for SSDI?
In order to be eligible to file for SSDI, you:
- Have to be 18+ of age
- Must not currently receive any other benefits (Social Security Record)
- Are unable to return to work as a result of a work-related injury
- Need proof that your injury resulted from an accident at work
However, there are two basic (MAIN) requirements that every person has to meet in order to qualify for social security disability benefits. These are:
- Being insured (only those who have worked long enough are covered by SSDI)
- You have proof of disability (SSA will look at 5 different criteria to determine whether or not you are actually disabled).
Note: To qualify for social security disability benefits, you must meet both of these requirements.
If this is you, you should wait no longer. Contact a Social Security Disability Attorneys in Los Angeles today, schedule your initial free consultation and learn how you can secure your social security disability insurance in a timely manner.
How To Apply
There are several ways that you can apply for your social security disability benefits:
- You can file an application online
- You can call Social Security and talk to the representative
- You can visit your (local) Social Security office and apply
- You can have your attorney file an application on your behalf
The last option is probably the one with the highest rate of success. Without an attorney, you could be going blind. Missing to add an essential piece of information in your claim could cause it to be declined.
Some of the information that you will have to provide include:
- Your personal information
- Names and address of all hospitals, doctors, and clinics that have supplied you with medical treatment (dates included)
- Copies of your medical records
- Your SSN (Social Security Number)
- A copy of your birth certificate
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (or legal residency)
- Copy of your military discharge papers (if you were in the army)
- Your most recent tax return or W-2 Form
- Information on worker’s compensation that you were given (or are about to receive)
- A summary of all your jo positions (during the past 15 years, names of job positions and dates of employment)
Talk to Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys today and see when you can file a claim. If your claim is approved, you will get your first back pay within 60 days. However, keep in mind that going through the Social Security disability system takes months and even years. Remember to be patient and while waiting, focus on your recovery.