Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you are suffering from a medical condition and can no longer work, receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can have a huge impact. However, the application process for SSD is often challenging. It includes complicated information, strict medical requirements, and also many chances for denial.
From filing out to application to gathering documents, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can see you through the process. An attorney will understand the Social Security Administration’s rules and procedures. They can assist in properly filing paperwork or if necessary, seeking an appeal to your denial. During the process, they will see you through each step.
What are SSI and SSDI benefits?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) covers individuals who worked for five of the last ten years but currently unable to work because of an injury, and have paid FICA taxes.
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?
Social Security lawyers can help with applications. In some cases, a disabled person can qualify for both Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
If you think you qualify for SSI and SSDI benefits, a Tampa Bay area disability attorney will sit down with you to review your financial records.
For more information, see the FAQ section below.
The following are frequently asked questions about applying for Social Security Disability benefits:
Do I qualify for SSD?
Social Security has a very strict definition of disability. You may be disabled if:
- You are unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition(s)
- your medical condition(s) has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 1 year, or is expected to result in your death.
My doctor says I have a disability. Does that mean I can receive SSD benefits?
No. You cannot get disability benefits solely because your doctor says you are disabled.
How long does it take to make a decision?
Typically, it takes about 3 to 5 months for Social Security to make an initial decision. It depends on how long it takes to get your medical records and any other evidence. However, if your claim is denied, it takes about 18 months to 2 years to get a hearing date.
How does Social Security determine who gets benefits?
First, Social Security sends your application to a state agency. Then, the agency makes the decision. The state has medical and vocational experts who will contact your doctors 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.
Do I need an attorney to help me obtain SSD benefits?
An attorney can be helpful at any stage. However, a SSD 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