Social Security Disability Lawyer Services
Those who suffer long-term or permanent disabilities from injuries or illnesses can apply for Social Security Disability.
If you have suffered an illness or injury that has resulted in long-term or permanent disability, you may want to apply for the benefits that come with Social Security Disability. Unfortunately, many people are turned down when they first apply, and may also find that their appeals are being turned down, as well.
But you do not have to struggle through that, or file appeal after appeal to get the help and the benefits you deserve. At David Gray Law, we will help you file your original claim, or your appeals if you have a claim that has been denied. We are here to support you through the Social Security Disability benefits claim process.
How DG Law Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim
At DG Law, you can get the help you need with your Social Security Disability claim. We provide assistance for both SSDI and SSI claims, whether it is your first claim or you have been denied and need to appeal. Many people are denied the first time they make a claim. Some of them give up at that point, and never receive the benefits that they were legally entitled to.
If they do not have a Social Security Disability attorney on their side, they may continue to receive denial letters no matter how many times they appeal. Not only can that become frustrating, but it can become demoralizing and also have serious financial consequences for those who are not able to work, or who have mounting medical bills — or both.
We offer help, to avoid that problem. We know what paperwork needs to be filled out, how issues and conditions should be worded, and what kind of documentation will be asked for. That makes it more likely for you to get approved when we help you apply for your disability benefits. Even if you have been denied before, or have appealed more than once, do not let that stop you.
Working with a Social Security Disability lawyer can make all the difference, so you can get through the application process and any appeals that are needed, and start receiving the benefits you deserve. Not only can that help with peace of mind, but it also provides more financial security. That can lessen the worries you have with a serious injury or illness.
What Are Social Security Disability Benefits?
These benefits are designed to provide financial relief to people who are not able to work due to their health or a medical condition.
They are commonly received by people who have disabilities that are expected to result in death, or that do not allow them to work for at least one year.
This can include issues such as cancer or severe heart disease, but also extends to some mental health conditions, HIV, obesity, and neurological problems.
What Documents Will You Need to Have on Hand?
If you need social security disability California and other states require specific types of documentation as proof.
You will need to have information from your doctor to show the severity of your condition and may be asked to get other medical opinions, as well.
If you have a mental health condition, your diagnosis and mental health professional’s opinion may also be required.
The exact documentation needed will depend on your specific condition, along with what you have already provided if you are appealing a denial.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases
Programs such as Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be confusing to navigate. From applying to appealing claim rejections, a variety of concerns can make dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) feel stressful. To ease this burden, we’ve answered top SSD and SSI questions below:
General Info, Eligibility, and Claim Consultation
Who is eligible for SSD or SSI benefits?
Eligibility differs for SSD and SSI:
- To obtain SSD, you need a work history involving jobs covered by Social Security. You’ll also need to meet Social Security’s definition of disability with your health condition. This typically means that you are unable to work for a year due to your disability.
- SSI is available to anyone who is blind, disabled, or over the age of 65 — as long as you also have limited income and resources.
How long can I receive Social Security Disability?
Because eligibility for SSD depends on the severity of your health condition, you will most likely continue to receive benefits as long as your disability is severe enough to keep you from working. Your case will be reviewed regularly to determine whether you still qualify for benefits.
Receiving Other Benefits with SSD and SSI
Can I receive benefits from long-term disability insurance and Social Security Disability?
Many people are able to receive benefits from long-term disability insurance and Social Security Disability at the same time. In most cases, however, SSD benefits offset long-term disability. Unfortunately, this may result in reduced long-term disability benefits.
Can I get a partial disability?
SSD differs from many workers’ compensation programs in that it offers no provisions for partial or short-term disability benefits. Rather, full disability benefits are available to those who meet the Social Security Act’s definition of disability.
How do I apply for Social Security Disability?
Begin by reviewing the Adult Disability Checklist. This will help you gather necessary contact, employment, and medical information. Next, create an official Social Security account with the SSA. From there, an official application can be completed on your own online or with help from a representative.
Denied Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
My application for SSD was denied. What can I do?
In most cases, it’s worth your while to file an appeal. This provides an opportunity for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to revisit your claim and correct any mistakes that may have been made when the application was initially processed. The long-term cost of accepting an unjust claim denial could be significant.
How long do I have to file an appeal?
The sooner you file an appeal, the better. Both SSD and SSI appeals must be submitted within 60 days of receiving notice from the SSA of the claim rejection. In rare situations, the SSA may provide limited leeway for those who file late.
What is the process for filing an appeal?
Multiple levels of appeal are available, with the process looking significantly different for each approach. Reconsideration typically represents the first step, with the same office that handled the original application revisiting it on request. Requests for reconsideration can be made online via the SSA website.
If you’re unhappy with the decision made during reconsideration, you can proceed with an administrative law hearing. Requests occur online, with many hearings taking place over video. Decisions made by administrative law judges can sometimes be dismissed following Appeals Council reviews. The final level of the appeals process involves filing a civil suit with a federal district court. Throughout this process, you can benefit from working with a Social Security disability lawyer.
Reach out to DG Law group today, and get the help and support you need for the Social Security Disability claim process.
We are here to help and support you. Even if your claim has been denied, or you have appealed in the past, we can work with you toward getting your claim approved.