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Getting help when filing for SSDI

California employees in the industrial or construction sectors are at serious risk for life-altering injuries every single day that they walk onto job sites. Sometimes, workplace injuries can be relatively minor and injured workers can resume their full job functions in little time. When that does not happen, however, it may be disability benefits that should be sought for some help with providing an ongoing level of income.

Workers’ compensation can offer one avenue for receiving financial assistance in the aftermath of a severe workplace accident. Depending upon the nature of and cause of the accident, legal claims can also be made against an employer for potential negligence. Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance, often referred to as SSDI, is yet another means by which injured employees can recoup lost wages. The laws governing disability payments do allow for automatic approval in the system for certain conditions.

Apart from those automatically approved conditions, however, the process of applying for and receiving SSDI benefits can be extremely complex. The requirements are very stringent and include age and injury details. In general, an injury must be extreme enough to render a victim unable to work for at least 12 months. The person must also prove an inability to earn beyond a certain level of money every month. A spouse’s income is not considered in this equation.

No matter the reason for a disability from a work accident, many people can improve their chances of receiving help by talking to an attorney. Understanding the details involved with a disability filing is important to people who need the assistance.

Source: Huffington Post, “Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?,” Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, June 24, 2014

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