What is Disability Advocacy?
By definition, advocacy is supporting a cause, group or person. Advocates are passionate about their cause. They are non-judgmental and work hard to build relationships. Above all, they care about what they do.
At Freedom Disability, we help people, who can no longer work because of a disabling medical condition, apply for and win the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they have earned and deserve to have. Freedom Disability Advocates have a deep understanding of the challenges people with disabilities face every day. They’ve seen these struggles first-hand because they’ve worked in health care, social services and for charitable organizations. Freedom Disability Advocates are experienced in preparing successful Social Security Disability applications. They are passionate about what they do, and they do it with respect. Above all else, they care. That is the disability advocacy culture that defines Freedom Disability.
Work With an Advocate or Apply on Your Own?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives millions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims every year, and most first-time applications are denied. It can take months to appeal a denied claim, which many applicants choose to do because they believe they are eligible for disability benefits. People looking for representation to improve their chances of approval in filing a Social Security disability claim can get it with an expert non-attorney advocacy group such as Freedom Disability.
The Social Security Disability Experts
Freedom Disability is a national Social Security Advocacy group. Our Advocates are trained disability insurance experts who have successfully helped thousands of people with disabilities file for and win Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
If you think you qualify for disability benefits, contact us for a free evaluation. If we determine that you have a case, our professional Advocates will build the highest-quality application to give you the best chance to win.
Qualifications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits
The Social Security Administration follows specific criteria to determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits:
- You must have worked long enough and have paid into the Social Security system through FICA taxes.
- If you are over 31 years of age, you must have worked a cumulative total of five years within the last 10 years.
- You must have been unable to work or expect to be unable to work for a total of 12 months or more.
- Your medical condition must meet SSA’s definition of “disability.”
- Your medical condition must prevent you from performing any type of work.
What Your SSDI Benefits Include
Once a Freedom Disability Advocate gets you approved for SSDI, your benefits will include:
- A monthly cash payment
- Medicare after 24 months of receiving SSDI
- Social Security Retirement Benefits Insurance Protection
Monthly Cash Payments
You start receiving a monthly cash payment in the sixth month after you have become disabled. SSA strongly recommends that you establish a bank account, if you do not already have one, so that your monthly cash payment can be direct-deposited into your account. How much you can expect to receive depends on your past work history and how much you contributed into Social Security through FICA taxes. Payments continue for as long as you are unable to work and your medical condition does not improve.
After a waiting period of 24 months after you began receiving disability benefits, you are entitled to Medicare, a federally funded health insurance program.
Social Security Retirement Benefits Insurance Protection
Your SSDI cash benefit automatically converts into your Social Security retirement benefit when you reach retirement age. Your retirement benefit is protected from being reduced when you establish with SSA that your time away from the workforce is due to your disability. Your retirement benefit amount remains the same as your disability benefit.
Information Required for Your Application
To prove that you qualify for disability benefits, you must provide complete and accurate information to support your case. Your application must include:
- Types of occupation
- Wage history
- Occupational duties
- Hospitals, clinics, treating sources
- Dates of treatment
- Marriages and dependents
- Birth certificate
- Social Security number
Providing this information will help your Freedom Disability Advocate prepare a strong case for you.
What to Expect from Your Freedom Disability Advocate
- Your Freedom Disability Advocate will represent you through the entire application process from the first evaluation to the final decision.
- There is a lot of paperwork required when applying for SSDI benefits. Your Advocate will prepare all documentation to build a winning application.
- Your Advocate will file your application and all required forms with the Social Security Administration.
- You will be updated periodically on the progress of your application.
- There are no upfront costs required from you. Freedom Disability receives a one-time-only percentage fee determined by SSA after your case is approved.
Your Freedom Disability Advocate assists you every step of the way to winning disability benefits.
Get a free evaluation on your case. Click here or call (800) 298-6885.