If you follow the news, you’ve seen the sensational stories about alleged abuse in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Of course, abuse of essential programs like SSDI must be probed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Every case of disability fraud jeopardizes the millions of honest Americans with disabilities who adhere to the law and play by the rules. However, stories in the media sometimes prop up a false assumption that fraud is out of control in the SSDI program. Nothing could be further from the truth. The media might also report on the circumstances and backgrounds of the people who rely on SSDI.
SSDI payments average only $1,130 per month, but SSDI enables recipients to afford modest housing as well as food, prescribed medications, and other essentials. SSDI recipients are Americans who have worked and paid into Social Security long enough to be covered in case of disability. Applicants must supply extensive evidence of a serious illness, injury, or disability. The standard is strict; more than half of all SSDI applicants are never approved for benefits. That’s why you really must have help from an experienced Social Security attorney when you first apply for SSDI benefits and especially if you’ve already been denied benefits.
The SSDI program is one of the most important lifelines for vulnerable people with disabilities. It is an essential strand in the societal safety net that enhances every American’s life. If you haven’t applied, if your application was denied, or if you are at any stage of the process, seek the advice and services of an experienced Social Security attorney who can help you understand how Social Security makes decisions about disabilities. A good Social Security lawyer can help you obtain your benefits, but it can be a long process. Get started by contacting an experienced Social Security disability attorney immediately.