One aspect of our practice is working with some of our injured clients to help them get through the Social Security Disability Insurance process. We don’t have to do this with all of our clients. Some of our clients suffer injuries that they will be able to recover from pretty quickly.
But the ones who won’t recover from their injuries or illness-- the ones who will be unable to live the lives that they lived before; the ones who won’t be able to go back to the jobs that they had for a very long time, or any other job for that matter, these are the clients that we help get through the Social Security Disability process.
After all, this is what Social Security Disability Insurance is for. It’s an insurance policy that’s designed to provide you with some form of income in the event that you get hurt or are medically unable to work and support yourself. There has been a tendency in the media lately to make it seem like SSDI is simply welfare under another name; that it’s easy to get, and that you don’t have to be injured or sick to qualify for it. We can tell you that this is not the case.
SSDI is not “welfare.” The concept behind “welfare” is that you receive state or federal money subsidies because you can’t afford to live on your salary. Some point to this study by This American Life as evidence that people on disability are lazy or mooching for a free handout, or are using disability as an income resource when they cannot find a job. According to The Washington Post, where This American Life got it wrong is that the vast majority of disability applicants are denied, and there are quality diagnoses that are very stringently applied to be approved.Continue Reading...