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Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you are suffering from an injury or illness and can no longer work, receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has a huge impact on your life. However, the application process for SSD is often challenging. It includes complicated information and strict medical requirements. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities for rejection of your application. When you know that you are sick or injured, a denial of SSD benefits is devastating and frustrating.

An experienced Social Security Disability attorney sees you through the process, from filing out to application to gathering documents. An attorney will understand the Social Security Administration’s rules and procedures. They can assist you in properly filing paperwork, or if necessary, seeking an appeal to your denial.

For more information, please see the FAQ section below.

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What are SSI and SSDI benefits?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) covers individuals who have worked for five of the last ten years and are currently unable to work because of an injury.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for people who do not have to pay any FICA taxes out of their income because their take home pay did not reach a particular level.

How Can A SSI Disability Lawyers Help?

A lawyers helps with the applications. In some cases, a disabled person qualifies for both Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

If you think you qualify for SSI and SSDI benefits, a disability attorney sits down with you to review your financial records.

Is it necessary to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer?

If your application is denied, you can request a hearing. Unfortunately, your hearing date sometimes takes as long as 18 months to two years to occur. Having a Social Security Disability lawyers on your side takes the guesswork out of presenting your case. Our expert attorneys understand how to prepare your appeal with supportive evidence.

Whether you need help with the SSDI application process or appealing a denied claim, you can contact us for more information and assistance. The good news is that you do not have to go through the rigorous Social Security Disability process alone!

Contact a Tampa Bay Area Social Security Attorney

If you or someone you love has been unable to work to injury or illness you in the Tampa Bay area, contact the social security lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes right away. We provide free consultations to evaluate your particular situation as well as no legal fees unless you win your case.

Questions & Answers

By law, Social Security has a very strict definition of disability. To be found disabled:

  1. You must be unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
  2. Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year, or be expected to result in your death.

No. You cannot get disability benefits solely because your doctor says you are disabled.

No. Social Security disability laws are different from most other programs. For example, Social Security does not pay benefits for partial disability.

It typically takes about 3 to 5 months for Social Security to make an initial decision. This depends on how much time it takes to get your medical records and any other evidence needed to make a decision. However, if your claim is denied and requires a hearing, it takes about 18 months to 2 years to get a hearing date in most situations.

Social Security will send your application to a state agency that makes disability decisions. The state has medical and vocational experts who will contact your doctors and other places where you received treatment to get your medical records. The state agency may ask you to have an examination or medical test. You will not have to pay for any examination or test. If the state does request an examination, make sure you keep the appointment.

An attorney is most beneficial at the hearing stage. The attorney will be able to review the medical records and present your claim to the Judge in a fashion to support your entitlement to social security disability benefits.