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What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federally funded programs operated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI pays benefits to people who cannot work because of a disability. SSI provides benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

Am I eligible for disability benefits?

If you have an impairment that prevents you from pursuing gainful employment, you may be eligible for benefits. To qualify, your disability or medical condition must be permanent, long-lasting, or fatal—as confirmed by an SSA-approved doctor.

What Medical Conditions Qualify For SSDI Benefits?

Below is a partial list of conditions covered under Social Security Disability programs. A complete list of qualifying conditions can be found on the SSA’s Listing of Impairments page.

Physical disabilities:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Congenital diseases
  • Immune system disorders
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory conditions

Behavioral conditions:

Filers may consider consulting with a Minneapolis disability attorney to find out if their condition qualifies for benefits.

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

Three ways to apply for SSDI benefits:

  1. Fill out the online application at https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/.
  2. Call the SSA’s number at 800-772-1213.
  3. Contact your local Social Security office to request an in-person appointment. Head to the SSA’s Office Locator page to find the office closest to you.

When should I apply, and how long will it take?

You should apply as soon as possible. After submitting your application, it can take three to five months to receive an official response from the SSA. Therefore, it is in your best interest to begin preparing your application materials immediately, so your benefits are not delayed any further.

What information do I need before applying?

Before you apply for benefits, you will need to collect information about both your employment history and your disability. Begin by gathering the following personal, medical, and employment documentation:

  • Social Security number and birth certificate
  • Direct deposit information
  • Contact information of your healthcare providers and hospitals
  • Medical lab results and tests about your disability
  • List of prescriptions you have to take for your condition
  • Work documents, like W-2’s and tax returns
  • Employment information like all jobs and dates you worked during the last 15 years
  • All workers compensation information, if you have or will file for those benefits

What To Do If My SSDI Or SSI Claim Is Denied?

If your claim was denied, it is not the end of the road. Initial requests are often rejected by the SSA for a variety of reasons—some as small as missing or incomplete information. And while some work-related physical disabilities are often denied, the following conditions can usually qualify for Social Security Disability benefits:

  • Back, neck and spine injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip, knee and ankle injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Repetitive stress injuries to tendons, ligaments, and joints
  • Loss of eyesight

Filers may seek to appeal a judgment if they disagree with the court’s determination. Our experienced disability lawyers have successfully appealed hundreds of disability claims and have fought tirelessly to preserve benefits for disabled people.

Nicolet Law Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota

In Minneapolis, Nicolet Law Office is located in the beautiful Capella Tower building. You can find us on the 39th floor within the shared professional workspace, WeWork. Our Minneapolis office features panoramic views of the city—overlooking several Downtown East attractions, including US Bank Stadium, Stone Arch Bridge, Gold Medal Park, and Guthrie Theater. Click here for directions.

Contact Our Minneapolis Disability Lawyers Today

If you live in the Twin Cities metro area and your SSDI claim was previously denied, Nicolet Law Office can help. Our local attorneys can assess your unique situation,  and provide evidence-based insights along the way.

The knowledgeable attorneys at Nicolet Law Office are just one click or call away. Call 715-377-2141 or contact us online to request a free consultation. Our dedicated staff is standing by to schedule your in-person consultation now. Our attorneys are also happy to perform consultations over the phone or via video chat. Just be sure to share your preferences with our team.

Concerned about the cost of hiring a good attorney? Our disability clients can rest easy knowing they won’t pay unless we win a judgment in their favor. We like to call this the Nicolet Guarantee. We pride ourselves on providing trusted, tailored, and affordable legal representation to our clients, and we promise to pursue the best possible outcomes for you and your loved ones.

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