Social Security Disability ( SSDI / SSI )
If you have reached this page, you have likely reached a point in your life where a medical or psychological condition, or a combination of conditions, has rendered you unable to continue to work on a regular basis. By exploring this site, you can learn about SSDI and SSI here.
Social Security Disability:
Regardless of the cause, if you become disabled due to physical or mental problems, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) income benefits on a temporary or permanent basis. If you have already applied and been denied, a timely Application For Hearing to appeal the decision should be considered. The advice of an experienced social security disability attorney is essential to understanding this system. We provide a free initial consultation to discuss your situation in this complicated area of law.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured”, meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes into the system. The amount of the monthly payment you may receive is calculated based upon how much and how long you paid social security taxes before becoming unable to work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), on the other hand, pays benefits based on financial need, regardless of whether you have ever worked or paid social security taxes. This is a “needs based” system, that assists persons in extreme financial need, who have very little personal money or assets.
Your social security disability lawyer can explain to you the important details of these programs, and how your situation will be treated by the system.
Contingent / Percentage Fees:
Our Social Security law firm operates primarily on a contingent fee basis. We have to obtain disability benefits for you in order to be compensated for our services. You will not have to be concerned about attorney fees during this time of your life when you are unable to work.
Free Initial Consultation:
There is no fee or charge for you to meet at our office for an initial consultation to discuss your situation.
Of course, you have the option to represent yourself in your claim. However, there is little doubt that your chances of winning disability benefits are better when your claim is represented by a Social Security Disability Lawyer. Whether your claim is at the Initial Level, Reconsideration or scheduled for a hearing before a Judge, an experienced disability lawyer can help present your case in the way that most clearly demonstrates that you are disabled in the way that is recognized by Social Security Disability law.
Having an attorney at the outset, helping you with your application and initial submission of evidence, gives you a much better chance of having your claim approved at the initial determination. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney will guide you through your initial interview and help you communicate with your doctors to document your medical with the kind of information the initial evaluators need to find in your favor. If you wait until the appeal process to tell your story properly, you may be waiting a year and a half to finally appear before a Social Security Appeal judge at a hearing.
Documenting your Disability:
Your medical and work history, as well as the difficulties you have dealing with the ordinary details and stresses of life, form the basis for your application for disability benefits. Therefore, you should take charge of documenting your story.
Keep a Diary:
As you look toward filing for social security disability benefits, you should write down your experiences and difficulties with work and the activities of daily living that you have, and are, dealing with. Ordinary examples of impaired function help tell your story, and you may forget many of the details as time goes by.
If you are able, continue to see you’re treating physicians on a regular basis, as often a lack of treatment is inferred to mean that your condition is not too severe. And in this regard, be sure to describe to your doctors all of your impairments and symptoms in a way that he can record specific details, such as pain levels, inability to sit or stand for specific periods of time, difficulty with certain lifting or carrying, postural limitations, etc. Try to quantify your physical limitations in terms of time, weight, duration, distance, etc. The SSA places great weight on such details as it assesses your ability to perform specific kinds of work activity.
Considering applying or have been turned down on your SSDI or SSI application?
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