Experience Matters Handling Disability Claims
Our experienced lawyers for social security disability are standing by to help with your claim. Whether you need assistance preparing the initial application or guidance with your appeal due to a previous denial of benefits, we are here to help. Understanding the disability claims process can be confusing and extremely time consuming. Our compassionate and aggressive disability lawyers will guide you from start to finish through the initial claims process or help you with your reconsideration appeal.
If you are applying for social security or have been denied and require an appeal, contact an SSD lawyer immediately. Missed deadlines and time limit restrictions may prevent your ability to receive the benefits you deserve.
What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is an economic assistance program for the disabled that is run by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of the federal government. What is commonly referred to as “Social Security Disability” is actually two separate programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Our disability lawyers only represent those individuals who are seeking benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
Fully disabled individuals who meet the requirements of the SSDI program are entitled to monthly benefits based on their lifetime average earnings. The SSDI program provides cash benefits to help support people with mental or physical conditions that prevent them from working.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
When applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA), applicants must prove they are disabled. This requires proof of the following:
- A medical condition prevents you from doing any type of work for which you are suited, and
- Your condition is either terminal or expected to last more than one year.
When applying for social security disability, you will need medical evidence which may include reports from your treating doctors, medical records, evidence from social workers and welfare agencies, employer records, and various other documentation to substantiate your claim. In addition, applicants may be required to undergo additional medical testing. Proper documentation is extremely important whether you are a first time applicant or have been denied benefits and are applying for reconsideration.
Disability benefits under the SSDI program are available to fully disabled individuals who have paid funds into the Social Security trust fund throughout their employment history. While employed, an employee and their employer both make contributions to the Social Security trust fund for the benefit of the employee. These payments are a requirement for qualifying for SSDI benefits.
Has Your Initial Disability Application Been Denied
If you have already applied and been denied benefits under the SSDI program, there is still hope, but you must act fast. For various reasons the Social Security Administration denies numerous first time applicants, as well as terminating and reducing the benefits of existing beneficiaries. If this has happened to you, you must file your appeal for reconsideration within 60 days. If your appeal is filed fast enough, you may be able to keep receiving your benefits during the appeals process.
The appeals process may consist of multiple stages that require careful attention to deadlines, document submission requirements, and testimonial hearings. The appeals process may consist of one or more of the following:
- Reconsideration Request to SSA of Initial Determination
- Administrative Law Judge Hearing
- Appeals Council Review
- Federal Court Review
Individuals attempting to cope with their disability are often overwhelmed with the appeals process. If strict deadlines and procedures are not followed, your SSDI claim may suffer and your Social Security benefit may be denied.
Hiring a Social Security Lawyer
Our goal in representing disability applicants is to provide a successful stress free application process. Our experience with the disability claims process will help reduce the chance of denial for qualified first time applicants and increase your chances of success if an appeal is required. Dealing with a disability adds additional hardships to an already burdensome process. Our social security lawyers are familiar with the social security disability requirements that all applicants must follow. We will do everything we can to take the stress out of your claims process.
Our disability attorneys offer FREE case consultation by calling 855-402-7274. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case.