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Applying for social security disability insurance

Many residents in West Virginia are living with serious disabilities and illnesses that can make it difficult to work and earn a living. Many of these individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI. Recipients receive cash payments that they can use for living expenses.

As you might expect, qualifying for Social Security disability can be challenging. Since the applicant must prove they have a long-term disability that prevents them from being able to work, significant documentation is required. This may include medical referrals, testimony from family and friends as well as work records.

Those who have successfully received SSDI benefits have noted that scrupulous preparation before submitting the application was helpful in getting the benefits that they had earned. For example, a statement from a physician regarding their illness and limitations is important, but it is also good to have medical records from all health care professionals consulted.

It is likewise crucial for applicants to be specific as they describe the limitations that result from their disability or illness. This can be difficult for those who are trying to remain positive about their circumstances, but an honest portrayal of living with a serious disability is far more likely to persuade Social Security officials or an administrative law judge to recognize the applicant's inability to work.

Individuals who are considering applying for disability benefits may benefit from speaking with an attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding qualifying and applying for benefits. Those who have been denied Social Security benefits may also consider speaking with a lawyer who may be able to assist during the appeals process.

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