Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

A medical, psychological, or psychiatric impairment often leaves an individual incapable of working and earning a living. If you are unable to work and will remain unable to work for a continuous period of not less than 12 (twelve) months Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled workers, their spouse and children. To be considered disabled for claiming SSDI you must have a condition that prevents you from earning a certain monthly income as a full-time worker, which is currently $1,090 before taxes. SSDI is designed for people who have worked and paid taxed into the Social Security system for years prior to becoming disabled. The number of years you are required to pay into the Social Security system varies by age.

Disability benefits in Mississippi are provided through a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration. Social Security uses both medical disability criteria and non-medical criteria to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability. You must be able to prove that you are medically disabled. The Mississippi Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the office the makes the decisions on whether or not a Mississippian is disabled based on his or her medical record. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is the office that handles all disability appeals.

It is not uncommon for SSDI benefits to be denied at the initial claim. Your next step would be to  file an appeal. We strongly suggest that all your medical information is in your file as many claims are denied because the medical record lacks adequate documentation that establishes the severity of your disability. If you have been denied do not give up. You should appeal as soon as possible as the sooner Social Security schedules a hearing the better chance for winning your claim and continuing with the process for your SSDI benefits.

For experienced assistance with the SSDI benefit application, denial, termination or the appeals process contact our team at Hopkins, Barvie & Hopkins. We can guide your case through the SSDI process and assist you in receiving the SSDI benefits you deserve.

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