The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a valuable and useful program designed to help those unable to work at their jobs because of a medical condition. One program, the Social Security Disability Insurance program is designed for those who have worked and paid into the SSDI system. Once you have provided proof to the SSA of your medical condition, you can expect to begin receiving the monthly benefit amounts that you have paid for during your work years. The SSA application for disability benefits, unfortunately, can be complicated and drawn-out, increasing the opportunities to make errors and possibly run afoul of the rules and regulations. Read on to learn more about staying on the good side of the SSA.
1. The SSA will thoroughly investigate your medical condition claims, so don't be tempted to exaggerate your condition and symptoms to get your claim approved. The SSA will use your medical records as evidence of your condition, and may even request that you undergo an exam by an SSA-contracted physician before they rule on your claim.
2. The SSA tracts filers and claimants of all government programs, so if you have been convicted of fraud with the SSA, the food stamp program, the IRS, the housing assistance program or the Medicaid program, your application will face a denial of benefits. If you are tempted to use a Social Security Number that is not your own, then that is simply another form of fraud.
3. The SSA does consider your education level and job skills when they make their determination of eligibility, but take care not to underplay your work experience or education level when filling out the application. If you have a legitimate need for benefits, be honest and allow the SSA to make an informed decision.
4. Back pay is a potentially valuable money benefit that can be awarded to you in a lump sum payment if you are eligible. Take care to state your last day of work accurately, or risk a denial when the SSA attempts to verify this info with your last employer.
5. Once you are approved for benefits, take care when reporting any income that you earn while collecting benefits. You must stay below $1090.00 a month or risk losing benefits, unless you are participating in special SSA programs like the Trial Work Period.
Be careful when filling out your application and when reporting your living situation and income, the SSA has strict penalties if you are convicted of fraud. Each act could cost you up to $10,000.00 and up to a 5-year prison term. Discuss your SSDI case with a Social Security attorney today. Contact a business, such as Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law, for more information.