No one expects to become totally disabled—either through an illness or an injury– during their working life, but it happens to many people. You are now worried about how you are going to make ends meet if you can no longer work. Do not despair– you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a program run by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Our Virginia Social Security lawyers can help you through the arduous SSDI application process. We have focused on this field of law for more than 50 years. We have helped thousands of disabled clients receive the benefits they deserve. And we can help you, too.
SSDI benefits are given to people who have paid into the Social Security system for a minimum of 20 of the prior 40 quarters, or five out of the last ten years. Only those who are completely disabled and unable to perform full time work will qualify. Besides monthly funds, those approved for SSDI may receive Medicare even though they are not yet 65.
The disability must last more than one year or is expected to end with the patient’s demise
Reasons for SSDI Denial
The SSA initially denies the majority of initial SSDI claims. Some of the more frequent reasons for denial include not filling out the forms as directed, not including all relevant medical records, a disability based on substance abuse, failure to follow doctor’s orders, and temporary rather than permanent disability.
We can ensure that all forms and questionnaires are completed properly, and the required treatment records are included. Since we pre-screen applicants, we know whether the candidate qualifies before submission of the application.
We also work with doctors, therapists, social workers, and other professionals to accumulate all the necessary documentation and evidence so we can build a strong case. Our clients are well prepared for any hearings, including appearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
Supplemental Security Income
If you are not eligible for SSDI but are disabled and poor, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits are available for those who have never worked or have not paid into the Social Security system for enough quarters for SSDI consideration. Assets and income must fall below a specific level.
Individuals over age 65 and blind or disabled younger people are also eligible for SSI.
Contact our team of Petersburg Social Security Lawyers
The Petersburg personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills can determine whether you qualify for SSDI or SSI through a case evaluation. If we feel you are eligible, we can assist you in filling out the application. If you filled out an initial one yourself and were denied, we can handle your appeal. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive benefits.
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