If you have a disability or medical condition that prevents you from earning a living, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits can help pay for your medical treatment and other expenses when you cannot work. If you’re struggling financially because of your condition and are having difficulty receiving benefits, our lawyers can help you file your claim or appeal.
How Our Bardstown Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help
While you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, the application process can be challenging, as many claims are denied due to technicalities, errors, or filing issues. To prevent these kinds of mistakes from getting your claim denied, Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help you with the process.
Our legal team can do the following to help your claim:
- Listen to your story and advise you on the disability program that may be right for you
- Gather adequate medical and financial evidence that will help strengthen your claim and validate your eligibility for benefits
- Analyze your paperwork to identify any errors that could complicate or slow the process
- Handle the relevant paperwork
- Enlist medical specialists and vocational experts to evaluate your medical condition and testify on your behalf
- Use your medical records to prove to SSA representatives that your disability prevents you from engaging in gainful employment
- Handle communication with SSA representatives on your behalf
- Answer any questions that may arise regarding your SSDI or SSI application
- Help you file an appeal if your application for disability benefits is denied
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Bardstown, call 800-333-9999
Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits
The SSA offers two disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. This is what you should know regarding both programs:
Social Security Disability Insurance
This program provides temporary or permanent income benefits to people who have previously worked and paid Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes but are now too disabled to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must meet the SSA’s definition of disability
- You have a medical condition that appears on the SSA’s list of qualifying conditions (if your medical condition doesn’t appear in the SSA’s blue book, the organization will decide whether it qualifies you)
- You must have worked under the Social Security System and earned enough work credits
It can be difficult to decipher whether you meet these requirements on your own. Our attorneys can help you determine if you are eligible under these criteria.
Supplemental Security Income
This program provides disabled individuals with income based on their financial needs, not work history. Even if you have not been consistently gainfully employed in the past or paid enough FICA taxes, you can still apply for SSI benefits.
To qualify for SSI disability benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have a disability or medical condition that prevents you from engaging in any SGA for at least 12 months
- You must fall below a certain income threshold
Income and asset thresholds are subject to change. Our attorneys can evaluate your income and assets to determine whether you are eligible for SSI benefits.
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Documents Needed During Application
There are several documents you need to have when applying for disability benefits. We will help you gather the information you need, which may include:
- Medical records and diagnoses
- A certified copy of your birth certificate
- Copies of recent tax records or W-2 forms
- Your Social Security Number and the Social Security Numbers of any dependent children and your spouse
- Documentation of your employment history
- Form DD 214 for those who were in the military
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency if you were born outside the U.S. (this could be your green card, U.S. passport, or naturalization papers)
It can be a timely and stressful process to find everything you need to prove your eligibility for benefits. Our team can help you find, organize, and use this information to support your claims.
What To Do When Your Claim Is Denied
The SSA denies many first-time applications. However, this is not the end of the road. Our legal team can help you appeal the decision and continue fighting for your rights.
There are several levels of appeal that you must follow, as described below:
- Reconsideration: If your initial application was denied, our lawyer will gather more evidence to support your claim, which will be reviewed by a party not involved in the first decision.
- Hearing: If your claim is still denied, it will proceed to the second level. During the hearing, our legal team can ask to meet with an administrative law judge and plead your case. We can use medical experts as witnesses to prove your disability.
- Appeals Council Review: If the decision from the hearing is still not favorable, you have a right to request a review by SSA Appeals Council. The council can conduct a review, make decisions, or refer the case back to the ALJ.
- Court Case: You can also pursue a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration. A judge will hear your case and allow you to present evidence and testimonies to support it.
Given the complicated nature of this process, it can be helpful to work with our Social Security disability lawyers from the start. We are familiar with the regulations and will be proactive to avoid preventable mistakes that can delay your benefits.
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If you are disabled and are struggling to make ends meet, you may be entitled to disability benefits under the SSA. At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we know how complicated claiming SSDI and SSI benefits can be.
Our team is committed to helping you gather evidence and fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case review.