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South Carolina Social Security Disability Insurance

Health matters can be stressful even if you are able to continue working. But when you are not, they can seem devastating. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays cash benefits to those who are unable to work due to severe illness or injury. But getting approved can be tricky. A South Carolina disability attorney can help.

Who Can Get SSDI?

SSDI is part of Social Security. To be eligible, you must have worked long enough to pay a certain amount of Social Security tax. You also must have a disability that:

  • Interferes with your ability to do any type of work
  • Is expected to last at least one year or result in death

Some conditions or injuries are so severe that they automatically qualify; others are considered on a case-by-case basis. A South Carolina SSDI lawyer can help assess whether you might be a candidate for benefits.

How Do You Apply in South Carolina?

You apply through the Social Security Administration (SSA). But a state agency decides whether you get benefits. In South Carolina, that agency is Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS approaches your application with questions such as:

  • Are you working? If so, your monthly income must not exceed a certain amount.
  • Is your condition "severe"? It must interfere with basic work activities.
  • Is your condition in the list of disabling impairments? If not, DDS must determine if it is of equal severity.
  • Can you do the work you did previously?
  • Can you do any other type of work?

A South Carolina disability lawyer can ensure that you get a fair review.

What if You Are Denied?

Even if you have already been turned down for benefits, it is wise to consult with an SSD attorney. You may be able to file an appeal. Too much is at stake to not exhaust all of your options.

Locate a Local South Carolina SSD Attorney

A disability can happen to anyone. If it happens to you, the last thing you need is the stress of applying—and possibly being turned down—for benefits on your own. Call now to speak with a South Carolina SSD lawyer at 877-913-7222.