As we discussed in our previous post, people in Philadelphia who receive Social Security disability insurance do so because they are disabled, either mentally or physically, and are unable to work. There have been claims recently that some individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits are abusing the system, but the truth is that these people are vetted by a rigorous application system and have real disabilities.
This is evinced by the fact that not everyone who applies for disability benefits will obtain them. In fact, many people who apply are not approved to receive SSDI. Less than 30 percent of those who take on the daunting task of weaving through the Social Security disability benefits application process will have a successful outcome on their initial application.
An appeals process is available to those whose applications are rejected, and statistics show that a portion of those people can meet with success. But because of all the work that is involved–the medical and personal documentation of a disability, the preparation of the case and the appearances in court–it may take a couple of years before people are finally able to obtain the disability benefits they need.
The success of an SSDI application depends on many things, but proper and extensive documentation of the disability is essential. Compiling tests, recording treatments and gathering physicians’ opinions will be necessary because a doctor employed by the Social Security Administration will be brought in to perform an examination of the applicant and issue an opinion on the applicant’s disability.
Source: Star Tribune, “No need to be heartless – or clueless,” Crystal Kelley, Oct. 3, 2012