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Can I Receive Disability Benefits In Maryland?

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If you or a loved one are unable to work because of a medical condition, our workers' comp attorneys can help you apply for various disability programs that provide monthly financial support.

The application and approval process can be quite complex and legal in nature. Small mistakes in any of the documents can be used against you, ultimately leading to reduced or denied benefits.

With an experienced disability benefits attorney at your side, these concerns are mitigated, allowing your case to have an unobstructed chance at earning you the compensation you deserve. This is especially important in Maryland, given that the rate of initial application approvals is lower than the national average.

Maryland Disability Benefits

Residents of Maryland have the ability to apply to a series of disability benefits programs including Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI.) While these are federal programs, it is mostly offices local to MD that handle the individual claims. There also exist state-specific programs such as the Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP,) that provide monthly payments to approved enrollees.

It should be noted that individuals may be eligible for one, more than one, or none of these. Furthermore, any benefits that are already being paid can reduce the number of new benefits.

How much money you can receive in disability benefits depends on a series of factors. One of those is the amount of time you worked and paid taxes, especially the decade previous to the disability. Similarly, your age can also play a part.

Your average lifetime earnings, too, are a factor. This means that benefits are not only based on your most recent earnings, but on your earnings throughout your entire career.

Definition of Disability

Each state can have different definitions of disability. However, in all states, if a person does not meet the legal criteria for disability then they cannot receive disability benefits. To be considered disabled in the 'eyes of the law,' you:

  1. Must be unable to complete your previous employment tasks due to the injury or condition
  2. Cannot modify your previous work duties to allow you to complete them. Moreover, you are not able to adjust to other work due to the condition
  3. The injury or disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least 1 year or to cause your death

Applying for Disability Benefits in Maryland

For those who are completely unfamiliar with the disability benefits application process, it can seem like a daunting task. In this case, it is mostly as it seems.

There is a substantial amount of paperwork to fill out, file, submit, and keep track of. Additionally, official documents such as medical records may have to be sought out. Strict timelines and due dates must be met.

An error at any step in this process can bring the entire process to a halt. If the initial application is denied, it's possible to file an appeal, but only 14% of first appeals are successful. For this reason, it's not only important to be prepared, but also to be prepared from the beginning.

By seeking the help of legal representation, this is exactly what you are doing. You arm yourself with a legal professional who knows the law and how to navigate the disability claims system. With knowledge and experience on your side, your claim has a strong foundation on which to stand.

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If you're unsure whether you're eligible for disability benefits in Maryland or not, speak with our team today to arrange a free legal consultation. We'll analyze your case and explain the options, all at no cost to you.

Further Info

If you'd like additional information on this topic, visit the next page: When Should You Hire A Workers' Comp Lawyer?

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: June 22, 2020
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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