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What to Expect When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Disability program is one of the two programs handled by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is a program that provides monthly benefits to eligible workers and employees who suffer from severe physical or mental health condition that the Social Security considers as “disability.”


If you have a long-term ailment that is expected to last for at least a year, then you can be considered “disabled” and can likewise qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Your chances of receiving benefits won’t be solely based on your disability, though. For one, you must also be unable to do work in a substantial level, which means that you cannot do the basic movements necessary for your line of work.

Also, to be qualified for benefits, you must have also paid Social Security taxes during your years of work. This means that you should have worked long enough to become eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Therefore, you must be disabled before you reach your full retirement age.

If you have paid taxes and have worked for 5 of the last 10 years, you can as well apply for Social Security Disability benefits as long as you are aged 31 and older. If you are younger than 31, you can still be eligible for disability benefits given other SSA qualifications.

Once you meet all of these qualifications, you can now begin submitting your claim. Your claim should have all the necessary information regarding your disability, including updated medical information and your doctor’s statements regarding your limitations. You must also provide your work history that must cover the past 15 years.

Setback in filing a claim

Filing a Social Security Disability claim can be tedious. Because of the backlog of many claims pending review at the SSA, your claim may take months before a disability examiner can review it. Once your claim is reviewed and you have been approved, there is a five-month waiting period before you can receive your first disability payment.

Call a disability attorney

If you want to speed up the processing of your claim, you can retain the services of any of the Mesriani Law Group’s Los Angeles Social Security Disability Lawyers. The reputable lawyers have extensive knowledge involving the Social Security process. With more than 15 years of experience in handling legal claims in the California area, they have successfully represented clients in thousands of Social Security Disability cases.

You may contact them at 1-866-998-2545 or you can send them an email at [email protected] to know more about increasing your chances of receiving disability benefits. They can also provide a Free Case Evaluation in case you need one to air out your concerns regarding your claim.

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