La Follette Social Security Disability Lawyer
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two types of permanent benefits to Americans in need: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), income supplement for low-income elderly, blind, and disabled individuals, and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), income replacement for disabled individuals who qualify for the program. SSDI is only available to individuals who have earned work credits, credits based on an individual’s income.
Filing an SSDI claim can be a complicated process, and in some cases, claimants who have legitimate disabilities and should qualify for the program have their claims denied. Working with an experienced La Follette Social Security Disability lawyer can reduce your chance of having your claim denied and if it is, your lawyer can help you appeal the SSA’s decision.
Are you Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Many SSDI claims are denied because the claimant does not qualify for coverage. Your lawyer can help you determine if you qualify for SSDI benefits and if you do not, he or she can help you explore alternative options for supporting yourself and your family after you are disabled.
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must:
- Have sufficient work credits based on how old you were when you were disabled;
- Have a condition that is severe enough to interfere with your ability to perform the work you performed before you were disabled. It may be on the SSA’s list of qualifying conditions. If it is not, you must demonstrate to the SSA that your condition is severe enough to keep you from working; and
- You must be unable to perform any work due to your The SSA examines every detail of your case to determine whether you are capable of performing work other than the work you performed before. If you are deemed capable of doing other work, your claim may be denied.
How a Lawyer can Help you with your SSDI Claim
There are a few ways a lawyer can help you with your SSDI claim. One is keeping it on track. Filing an SSDI claim can be a complicated process, and your lawyer can keep yours organized and ensure that you do not miss any filing deadlines.
Your lawyer is also there to negotiate with the SSA on your behalf. He or she can demonstrate how your disability qualifies you for benefits and show that although you might appear capable of working “on paper” due to your age or experience level, you are actually disabled to the point of being unable to work.
Your lawyer can also help you appeal a denied claim. When a claim is erroneously denied, it can be appealed. This, too, is a complex process that your lawyer can help you through.
Work with an Experienced La Follette Social Security Disability Lawyer
When you apply for SSDI benefits, working with an experienced La Follette Social Security Disability lawyer can help make the process go more smoothly and increase your chance of it resulting in a favorable outcome. Do not wait to start working on your claim with a member of our team. Contact Fox & Farley today to schedule your initial legal consultation in our office.