Social Security Disability
Few people wish to think about the consequences of dealing with a disability, but for the many Americans facing these struggles as part of their daily lives, the ability to work and earn money is often a common concern. Thankfully, Social Security disability can provide assistance to people with disabilities that prevent them from finding employment. As the assistance disability benefits supply is often a necessity, the success of your Social Security disability claim is of the utmost importance.
At Shook & Stone, our attorneys have more than 85 years of combined experience and have worked on countless SSD claims. If you or a loved one is looking to file a claim or learn more about the appeals process, our firm can help. Read some of the following services and information we can provide:
Appealing the Claim
If you disagree will the decision made by the Social Security Administration regarding your disability claim, you have the right to question their determinations and appeal the decision. During the appeals process, you can compile additional information that can be used during your case. There are several steps of appeals, with the final level of appeal reaching a federal court.
Denied SSD Benefits
Denials are commonplace for Social Security disability claims, with rates extending beyond 80% of all applications. If you have been denied SSD benefits, there may be several reasons why you were not approved, including a lack of work history information, medical documentation or failures to meet guidelines and procedures.
Disability is not limited to physical injury or illness. If a mental disorder is server enough to limit or prevent your ability to work for one year and from finding new work, you may be eligible for SSD benefits. Mental disorders pose some unique complications during claims, especially when it comes to proving disabling nature of the mental disorder and the limitations it creates.
The Social Security Administration uses a strict definition of disability to determine if an applicant has a long term physical impairment. Other factors will be considered in determining the severity of your physical impairment, including your ability to work and your ability to find gainful employment.
Social Security Disability Benefits
Once you are approved, you can begin receiving social security disability benefits. There are numerous stipulations and requirements to be met while you are receiving benefits, including regular medical evaluations. Depending on your situation, family members may be eligible to receive benefits under your work. There are also many other forms of benefits for which you may qualify.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides low income disabled adults and people age 65 or older with monthly financial assistance. There are several criteria you must meet in order to qualify, and you may also be eligible to receive additional benefits, depending on your situation.
The SSD Process
Filled with many procedures, requirements and deadlines and prone to complications and dispute, the Social Security disability process can be a lengthy and frustrating experience. Applications require extensive and thorough information, which can play a crucial role in your qualifying for benefits.
Experience and Commitment on Your Side
At Shook & Stone, our attorneys have developed a strong working knowledge of the Social Security disability program and of the many intricacies and procedures involved. Using our 85 years of combined experience, legal insight and unyielding commitment, we can intelligently compile your claims and bring your case to a successful outcome.
While we are proud of our record of success and recovery of more than $100 million in compensation for clients since 1997, we also know that none of it would have been possible without personal commitment to clients and our genuine desire to help disabled residents obtain the assistance they need and deserve. If you have any questions about the Social Security disability services we provide, or if you would like to discuss your case with an experienced attorney from our firm, contact Shook & Stone today.