Temporary Disabilities and Applying for Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is designed to provide an income to people who cannot work due to a disability. One question that many people have is “Can you apply for SSDI if you have a temporary disability?” This post will discuss the topic of SSDI and Temporary Disability in detail so you will know what to expect if you decide to apply for SSDI.
Can You Get SSD For a Temporary Disability?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) only provides disability benefits to people whose disabilities last for at least 12 months. In addition, disabled people must meet certain eligibility conditions in order to apply for SSD benefits.
If you have a disability that is likely to keep you away from work for a full year or more, you are eligible to apply for SSDI. This is the case even if your disability is expected to eventually get better.
Note that the Social Security benefits you receive will last only as your disability meets the eligibility criteria that the SSA has defined. That means that when your disability improves to the point where you can go back to work, you will no longer receive SSD benefits. Instead, you will be expected to support yourself on the income you earn through work.
Are you Eligible for SSD?
Not everyone who has a temporary physical or mental impairment qualifies for Social Security benefits. You have to meet certain eligibility requirements defined by the Social Security Administration.
The medical eligibility requirement for SSD is that you must be unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months. If you have recently been diagnosed with a temporary disability, it might be difficult for you to know how long it is likely to last. You might find it even more difficult to prove how long the disability will last on your SSD application forms.
Many people need help to work out whether they are eligible for SSD if they have a temporary disability. You can schedule a case evaluation with an attorney’s office to determine your eligibility for Social Security benefits. An attorney will let you know what medical records you need to gather. Based on information from your doctors, attorneys can give you an estimation of how likely you are to make a successful application for SSDI.
What Temporary Conditions Qualify You For Social Security Disability Benefits?
There is no official list of the temporary disabilities that could make someone eligible for Social Security benefits. The only rule is that your disability must keep you from working for at least 12 months.
You might be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits following an accident that causes injuries that are severe but temporary. Illnesses that are curable only through a long period of treatment could also make you eligible.
There is no rule that says a disability has to be physical to make you eligible for Social Security benefits. Mental health conditions also make some people eligible. However, it can be difficult to make a successful application for SSDI when a mental condition such as depression or anxiety keeps you from working. To maximize your chance of a successful application, it is a good idea to work with an attorney that specializes in SSDI applications.
Being Diagnosed With a Temporary Disability
The first step in getting together the paperwork to apply for SSDI for a temporary disability is to see a doctor for a diagnosis. You might already have been seeing a doctor for a long period of time, but if you do not currently have an ongoing relationship with a physician, now is a good time to schedule an appointment.
It is important to see a doctor regularly as you go through the gradual process of recovering from your temporary disability. A qualified physician can not only help you to get better, but also give you an up-to-date estimate of how long you can expect to be unable to work due to your disability. This information will be helpful for you when you apply for Social Security benefits.
Always see a specialist for your temporary disability whenever possible. If you are applying for SSDI because you have severe depression, for example, your case is likely to be much more convincing if you see a psychologist and not just your general physician.
Whatever doctors you choose to see, be sure to document your visits. When you attend a case evaluation with an attorney’s office to find out whether you are eligible for Social Security disability income, be sure to bring along a list of the names and practices of the doctors you have seen. This will help your attorney give you advice on your eligibility and help you put together a convincing application.
Applying for Social Security Disability
The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be daunting, but The Good Law Group can support you and offer guidance throughout the complex application process. Get in touch today to find out whether you could be eligible for Social Security benefits as a result of your temporary disability.