Veterans who are unable to work a full time job due to a disability may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits can help provide for the costs of ongoing care associated with a former servicemember’s disabling condition. Winston-Salem SSDI claims tend to involve one or more denials. For this reason, it may be wise to consult with a seasoned lawyer to discuss whether you may qualify for benefits and the best next steps for your claim.
While filing an SSDI claim in Winston-Salem can take a year or more, veterans may be able to secure expedited processing of their claim for a faster decision. A former servicemember can expedite their SSDI claim if they are already receiving VA disability compensation and have been issued a 100 percent disability rating.
Another way to obtain expedited claim processing is through the Wounded Warrior’s program. This program is only available for veterans whose disability began on or after October 1, 2001. If neither of these programs are available, a veteran may obtain expedited processing of their SSDI claim based on financial necessity. A Winston-Salem attorney can review the details of a former servicemember’s SSDI claim and advise whether they may be eligible for expedited processing.
Regardless of whether they qualify for expedited processing, a veteran must still meet specific criteria to file a successful claim for SSDI. Generally, an applicant needs to prove that they cannot perform substantially gainful employment due to their disability and that they have been disabled for at least 12 months, will be disabled for at least 12 months, or are suffering from a terminal disability.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) bases a former servicemember’s eligibility for benefits on the evidence they provide to support their SSDI claim. Failure to provide adequate, detailed records could ultimately damage a veteran’s SSDI claim. Even if an applicant’s initial SSDI claim is denied by the SSA, our skilled legal team can help them file a successful appeal. If approved, the amount of benefits a former servicemember will receive depends on their income level before becoming disabled and whether they receive other types of disability benefits.
When a veteran files a claim for SSDI benefits in Winston-Salem, they must provide substantial proof of their disability. Admissible evidence includes hospital, therapy, diagnostic, treatment, and employment records. The SSA will use these records to determine whether a former servicemember’s disability meets the established criteria for benefits. If the records indicate that the veteran has a disability which renders them unable to work – either in their former capacity or through other means of gainful employment – or which is included in the SSA’s list of qualifying impairments, their claim for SSDI may be successful.
If you have additional questions about Winston-Salem SSDI claims, an attorney at our firm can discuss your concerns and advise you on whether you may have a viable claim for disability benefits. Our team can work hard to achieve optimal results for your claim and build a strong appeal in the event of a denial. Reach out to VetLaw today for a confidential legal consultation.