Becoming disabled breaks your life into two separate chapters: your life before your disability and your life after your disability. Suddenly, things you may have taken for granted, like going to work and earning a living, are impossible. This is the kind of situation Social Security disability benefits was designed for. A Social Security disability lawyer serving Chardon can help you with the process of attaining those benefits.
If you’ve become disabled and can’t work or can only work in a limited capacity, you may be eligible to receive benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Berger and Green has a team of Social Security benefits lawyers who are ready to fight for your benefits claim.
Do You Need a Social Security Benefits Lawyer?
Both the filing and appeals process has strict administrative rules. If your application is denied because you filled it out improperly, it will obviously put a delay on how soon you can receive benefits.
Having a Social Security benefits attorney can help you make sure that all aspects of your application meet the basic administrative requirements, so you don’t face further economic hardship while you wait to appeal a denial.
If your application was denied, you will only waste more time by sending in another incomplete or incorrect application. A lawyer can help you appeal your denial according to the requirements.
For a free legal consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer serving Chardon, call 412-661-1400
Our Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers Can File Your Initial Application
You don’t have to wait until your claim has been denied before turning to Berger and Green. Our Social security benefits attorneys can also help with your initial application. We offer a free case review to anyone considering filing for SSDI benefits.
If you choose our firm to represent you, we will do everything we can to give your initial application its best shot at approval.
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Whenever you hire an attorney, you want to make sure they are one with a solid track record of delivering for their clients. At Berger and Green, our positive reviews testify to our dedication to clients.
Beth, one of our Social Security Disability benefits clients had this to say about her experience at Berger and Green:
“So we decided to call Berger and Green and from the very first phone call they helped me through every question that I was asked. All you had to do is be honest and upfront and they took it away from there.”
We’d love the opportunity to make your fight for benefits an easier one, too.
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How do You Qualify for Social Security Benefits Insurance (SSDI)?
In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet two very important criteria. First, you must be able to show that you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for disability.
Secondly, you must have enough work credits to qualify for the program. When you are working, a portion of your wages is deducted from your paycheck and put towards social security. In order to qualify to receive benefits, you must have a minimum of 20 credits. In most cases, that’s about five years of work.
Although having the minimum amount of work credits is important, you may still qualify for SSDI benefits with less than 20 credits depending on how old you are when you apply.
How do I Know if I Meet the Criteria for Disability?
Your medical history can establish if you meet the criteria for disability with medical documentation. If you can’t obtain documentation this way, you must be able to show that your disability prevents you from working.
How do You Qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
SSI is available to certain individuals who have very limited income and assets. To qualify for SSI, you must meet these criteria:
- You must make below a certain amount of money per month.
- You must not have above a certain amount of money in assets.
- You must meet certain qualifications for disability.
Your lawyer can help you determine if you meet these criteria.
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Our Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer Can Help You Appeal a Denial
It’s an unfortunate reality that many initial applications for SSDI and SSI benefits are denied. If your claim was denied, the good news is that you have the right to appeal that denial. A Social Security benefits attorney from Berger and Green can assist you with your appeal in several different ways. A few of the ways we can help include:
- Filing your appeal
- Reviewing your original application and the reasons listed by the SSA for denying it
- Making sure your application has the necessary documentation to meet the SSA’s requirements
- Representing you in any appeals hearing before the Administrative Law Judge
How Long do You Have to File an Appeal After Your Original SSDI Application Was Denied?
Many applicants for SSDI benefits are understandably crestfallen when they receive a denial of benefits letter from the SSA. Fortunately, you can appeal by filing a request for reconsideration. You must file this request for reconsideration no later than 60 days after receiving your initial notice of denial.
If you don’t file the reconsideration request within that 60-day period, you will have to begin the process again and file a completely new application.
How Much does Hiring a Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer in Chardon Cost?
At Berger and Green, we understand that becoming disabled can be devastating. We know that when you suddenly find yourself unable to work, money is a huge issue. We don’t want that to stop you from getting the legal representation you deserve. So, we’ll handle your Social Security benefits case with no upfront costs or fees.
You’ll only receive a bill from Berger and Green if we’re able to get your application approved or your denial overturned. So please, call our office for your free consultation. Our Social Security benefits lawyer serving Chardon can help you go after the benefits you deserve.