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Once you're denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don't wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.
Apply for Social Security Disability in Naples
Whether Social Security considers you “disabled” is determined by your inability to work. The agency considers you disabled under its rules if:
- You can no longer do the work you did before;
- The SSA decides you are unable to adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is likely to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Social Security pays only for total disability, not a partial disability.
Why is applying for benefits so hard?
You may think that if you just explain your situation to Social Security that someone will understand and award you disability benefits. In reality, that’s not the way Social Security works.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits involves a complex legal process. You must prove you are “disabled” according to the Social Security Disability Program (SSDP) legal definition.
Why are most people denied when they apply?
The Social Security Disability system involves thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures. You can be denied benefits if your doctor doesn’t know the legal definition of disability, or if a Social Security employee fails to obtain medical evidence on your behalf. You can also lose your case if an appeal is handled improperly.
How likely am I to win benefits?
Disability attorney John Hurley can give you a free evaluation of your disability case. Contact our office today to learn more.