Belleville, Illinois — Oct. 18, 2017 — Each year, hundreds of thousands of former workers get stuck in the approval logjam for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of simple mistakes in their initial applications. A new web page—ssdi101.allsup.com—is now available with expert tips and recommendations to avoid the delays that can add months or years to the process of applying for disability benefits.
The page provides valuable information in an easy-to-understand format, with graphics and special features, including a benefits calculator that can help applicants quickly learn how much they will earn in monthly benefits if the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves their claim.
“Tens of thousands of people with work-disrupting health conditions apply for disability benefits every month without realizing the challenges of timing, finances and medical evidence important to their claim,” said Mike Stein, Allsup assistant vice president.
“SSDI101: The Path To Benefits gives former workers and their families the basics for getting started, especially to get through an extremely frustrating process when they don’t have any help at the beginning,” Stein added.
SSDI101: The Path To Benefits is a robust resource that:
- Outlines how to determine whether a former worker is eligible for benefits.
- Provides step-by-step instructions for applying for benefits.
- Offers a benefits calculator to discover how much someone is likely to receive based on their previous earnings.
- Lists the most common physical and mental ailments covered by SSDI.
- Explains what happens at each level of the process, from application to award, including a process timeline.
- Defines key terms, and much more.
About 8.7 million former U.S. workers currently receive SSDI benefits, which they paid for through their FICA taxes. The average SSDI recipient worked 22 years prior to receiving Social Security disability. Applicants must have paid payroll taxes and worked five of the past 10 years. They must be under retirement age and suffer from a severe work-disrupting injury or physical or mental illness that will last at least a year, or is terminal.
Unfortunately, the application and appeals processes are difficult and lengthy. About 2 million Americans are now at some stage in the Social Security disability claims review process—from application to appeals—that can take more than 800 days to complete.
The web page was created by Allsup, which has helped more than 275,000 people receive their Social Security disability benefits and navigate the complicated process of completing forms, filing appeals, tracking deadlines, and potentially returning to work.
The web page also provides free access to Allsup’s convenient online tool, empower, which combines a Free SSDI Assessment for eligibility and Social Security disability application support, plus return to work assistance, for those who are able to return to work following medical recovery or stabilization of their conditions.
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