If you can no longer work because of a serious physical or mental condition, you could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Being approved for these benefits is often difficult– which is why you should seek the assistance of an attorney specializing in this field.
Even under the best of circumstances, initial SSDI claims are usually rejected, but the Virginia Social Security lawyers at Rutter Mills can aid in filing a successful appeal. For more than half a century, our work has focused on Social Security, and we have helped thousands of clients receive their benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance
To qualify for SSDI, a person must have paid into Social Security for at least five out of the 10 prior years—but is now completely disabled. Medical evidence of total disability is required.
Remember: The burden of proof is on the applicant to show SSA that they cannot perform the job they previously held– or any other work. If the application is approved, the person receives SSDI benefits based on the amount of money earned in their working life– and their Social Security contributions.
If the SSDI application is approved, the Virginia lawyers for Social Security Disability will verify that the benefit amounts are correct, along with ensuring the date benefits start is also accurate. At a minimum, an applicant must wait at least five months before receiving SSDI benefits. However, because so many initial applications are rejected, actually receiving benefits can take much longer.
Supplemental Security Income
Low-income people who did not pay into the Social Security system for a long enough period may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is open to disabled individuals who cannot work. SSI eligibility depends on the person’s assets and income.
Appealing a Denial
As noted, the majority of initial SSDI claims are often denied. If a person did not pay into Social Security for the minimum amount of time, they may still be eligible for SSI benefits depending on their resources. Many cases, however, are denied for technical reasons. An appeal requires filing within 60 days. In this appeal, the applicant may include more evidence to bolster their claim.
The waiting period may take a year or more. Even if it is denied, that is not the end of the road. An attorney can represent you before an Administrative Law Judge, and expert witnesses may appear on your behalf.
Contact our Team of Isle of Wight County Social Security Lawyers
If you or someone you know can no longer work due to a serious physical or mental disability, the experienced Isle of Wight County SSD lawyers at Rutter Mills will help determine if you qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.
If so, we can help fill out the application and guide you through this often-complex process. Schedule a complimentary consultation by completing our online form or calling us today. Because we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless you receive compensation.
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