No one plans for a serious injury or devastating illness to curtail their working life. Unfortunately, this happens all the time, and the disabled person has little or no income. Many people in this situation may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The process is often complicated, time-consuming, and initial denials are the rule rather than the exception. That is why it is wise to seek legal help in filing an SSDI claim right from the start.
For over 50 years, the Virginia Social Security lawyers at Rutter Mills have helped thousands of clients receive the benefits they deserve for SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program for low-income disabled individuals who do not qualify for SSDI.
Only those who are completely disabled, with a condition expected to last more than 12 months or end in death, are eligible for SSDI benefits. These individuals cannot have reached the official full Social Security retirement age. They must have sufficient Social Security work credits– which is fulltime for five of the last 10 years.
The Virginia lawyers for Social Security Disability can guide the applicant through the difficult process. From the beginning, we make sure the SSA has the appropriate medical records for the client, including all test results. In fact, a lack of certain test results can be a major factor in why an applicant is denied benefits.
Administrative Law Judge
Because appeals are so frequently denied, many clients will have to testify before an Administrative Law Judge. We prepare clients for this testimony, which may also include calling witnesses, such as medical experts. Family and friends may also testify about how the disability has affected the client’s life and how the person can no longer take part in normal activities. We will also cross-examine witnesses brought by the SSA to the hearing.
We can also help those eligible for SSI. Eligibility criteria include blindness, disability or being over 65 years of age. Disability means the physical or mental inability to hold any gainful employment. The disability must last at least 12 months or is expected to end with the applicant’s death. The person must have limited income and resources.
Contact Newport News Social Security Lawyers
If you are disabled and can no longer work, you need the services of our team of Newport News personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills. We will evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits.
If you meet the criteria, we can assist you in filling out the complex forms and get the application process started. If you have already received a denial for SSDI benefits, we can represent you in the appeal. To schedule a free consultation, fill out our online contact form or call us today.
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