Disability Appeal Applications Explained

by | May 18, 2016 | Legal

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If you are applying for disability in Maryland you will generally have a 30% chance of receiving a disability award. This will remain true no matter what claim is filed under–either the Social Disability Program or the SSI disability program. It can also be filed under both programs.

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself to file more than one appeal to receive benefits. The rate of denial of the first appeal is greater than any following appeals, so the majority of applicants do need to file more than one. The second filed appeal is the request for a hearing before an administrative law judge.

ASSD disability claim can be filed online, but the online process does not allow a claimant to ask any direct questions. Also, the online process does not allow SSI disability claim to be taken. This is a disadvantage for anyone whose claim might be for SSI or may involve SSI. So, filing for disability at a local office is the better option.

In Maryland, the process of qualifying for disability begins with speaking to a claims representative in a local Social Security office. You will be interviewed and will need to give your medical history and your work history.

Qualifications for disability benefits in Maryland are based on two key factors:

1. Proving the existence of severe medical impairment.

2. Proving that the condition is severe enough to last for at least one full year while having limited movement and being restricted from daily living.

Being restricted to engage in daily living can basically mean the inability to perform work activity. If you don’t have the means to make money, you’ll most likely qualify for disability.

If a child is filing for disability, restrictions in daily activity mean not being able to attend school and other age-appropriate activities.

The requirements for disability claims are maintained by the information given in a claimant’s medical records. Information that is given to a claims representative is used to show how difficult a claimant’s life would be without receiving disability.

Unfortunately, a significant number of claims will be turned down at the level of application. However, a lot of claimants will be awarded benefits if they do not give up on their claim and follow the full appeal process.