A disabling condition can weigh you down. Stress and anxiety can quickly mount as you worry about medical expenses. You may even worry about how you will support your family when you cannot return to work.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has mechanisms put in place to help people in your situation. Americans who need a source of income and are unable to work due to either physical or mental constraints have financial options. You can consider applying for one or both Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
A Sharon Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer can take this difficult process off your hands. It is not uncommon for you to receive a denial of your SSD benefits applications. Our team will help you establish your disability with the SSA and can also handle your appeal for benefits.
Call Berger and Green today for a free case review evaluation with a Sharon Township, OH SSD attorney at (412) 661-1400.
When a Disability Keeps You From Working
Regardless of the disability that you suffer and your need for income, SSA will not simply write you a check for SSD benefits. You must prove that you qualify for SSD benefits based on SSA’s stringent criteria.
You will need to prove you have a disability or that you are 65 years or older. You will also need to prove that you have limited income and resources, among other criteria.
For SSDI, SSA requires that you provide proof of your employment history and your income. These criteria are proven easily enough. The real challenge is proving that your health condition sufficiently prevents you from working.
Many SSD benefits claims receive denials because claimants fail to show proof that their health condition hinders them from working. The degree of your impairment must meet SSA’s idea of what it means to be disabled.
Criteria to Claim Disability From the SSA’s Blue Book
SSA does not make arbitrary decisions about whether your condition qualifies as a disability. SSD administrators will compare your impairment with those listed in its “Blue Book.” This document describes the “severity criteria” that applicants must satisfy in order for their conditions to be considered severe enough to keep them from earning a living wage.
If you can provide compelling proof that the severity of your condition prevents you from working, your application for SSD benefits has a strong chance for approval.
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Required Work Credits For Social Security Disability
If you become disabled, you will need to meet a minimum requirement of work credits to receive SSD benefits. The exact number you need depends on your age when you became disabled. See SSA’s Benefits Planner to access the chart for the number of credits you need based on your age.
Consult With a Lawyer Before You File Your Claim
Although you have the option of filing for Social Security disability benefits without any help, an SSD benefits lawyer can help you review your application before you submit it.
We have helped disabled people with their SSD claims for many years. We know what SSA wants to see in your application. We can make sure you submit your application per the guidelines of SSA’s criteria for disability.
Call our office today for a free review and consultation at (412) 661-1400.
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How a Sharon Township Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help You
When you hire a Sharon Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer from Berger and Green to handle your SSD benefits application or appeal, you are relieving yourself of a great deal of legwork and frustration. Our disability lawyers can hold the reins from start to finish, working to get you the benefits you need.
You can count on us to:
- Get your case on the hearing judge’s docket
- Determine why your claim received a denial
- Build a compelling case
- Represent you at your hearing
- Fight for monthly payments and complete back pay
- Take your appeal as far as is practical in your case
What to Do if SSA Denies Your Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits
If SSA sends you a denial letter in response to your initial claim for SSD benefits, do not panic. Denials are fairly common. We can review your case and let you know your legal options as they relate to your appeal.
You will want to contact us as quickly as possible, as you have only 60 days from the date of receipt of your denial letter to file a request for reconsideration or a hearing. If you miss this 60-day deadline and still want to try to get SSD benefits, you will need to start all over again with a new application.
What to Expect at Your Hearing
Prepare yourself for the chance of having your benefits denied during reconsideration. Once again, this denial is not uncommon. The next phase in the lifespan of your claim is a disability hearing.
Your disability hearing will be a private hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ) presiding. Only you, the judge, your attorney, someone who records the hearing proceedings, and perhaps an expert witness will be in the room.
The judge will question you about your condition. As your disability benefits attorney, we will speak on your behalf. If an expert witness is present, the ALJ may ask them questions about your condition. They may ask to what extent your medical condition might impair you from working. Sometimes, the ALJ will make a final offer for you or your attorney to make a statement.
There is no time limit on how long the ALJ takes to issue a decision. You will receive written notification of the ALJ’s decision on your appeal.
We Will Fight to Get You the Social Security Disability Benefits You Need
The Social Security Disability lawyers from Berger and Green will help you work through the legal process of applying and appealing for SSD benefits.
Call Berger and Green today for a free review of your claim about your options for moving forward at (412) 661-1400.