Social Security Disability Claims
Social Security benefits regulations were designed to provide financial and medical support to individuals who are disabled i.e. unable to work. The disability that prevents a person from working must be a physical or mental impairment supported by medical evidence that is expected to result in death or last for a period longer than twelve months. Individuals who are contemplating filing for Social Security benefits should first consult with the experienced attorneys at Celeste Law Firm.
What Qualifies You For Social Security?
There are three types of Social Security benefits available: Social Security Disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security Retirement (SSR). Each type of Social Security benefit has different initial qualifying factors: SSR depends strictly on the age of the applicant; SSDI depends on how much you have worked and paid into the system; and SSI depends on whether or not you meet the financial threshold. Both SSDI and SSI also require that the applicant is disabled. The Social Security Administration has certain listings that describe how substantial an illness or condition must be in order to be classified as disabling for at least twelve months. In addition to an individual’s physical condition, other elements like an individual’s age, education, transferable skills, and work experience are also considered by the Social Security Administration and/or ALJ in determining whether you are disabled, i.e. can’t work.
How To File A Social Security Claim
In order to file a Social Security claim, an individual can apply in person at the local Social Security office, perform a phone interview, or fill out an application online.
Individuals should never delay in filing their Social Security claim. Filing a prompt claim for Social Security benefits ensures a quicker administrative decision or Hearing before an ALJ.
Denial Of Applications
If an individual fails to submit all necessary documents or if the documents do not support disability, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely deny your claim for benefits.
Individuals who are initially denied may file a Request for Reconsideration and then, after a second denial, file a Request for Hearing in order to present their claim for benefits in front of an ALJ. At the Hearing, evidence including medical records and your testimony are presented. The attorneys at Celeste Law Firm understand and are experienced in gathering and persuasively presenting evidence for the best chance of prevailing at a Hearing before an ALJ.
How Much Will Be Awarded?
The amount that an individual is awarded varies greatly, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. The length of time that an individual has worked and the individual’s past taxable income is considered in determining the amount of benefits an individual is awarded in an SSDI claim. Other income sources and designated assets may limit the amount the individual receives in an SSI claim.
How Our West Palm Beach Social Security Attorneys Can Help
For individuals who are attempting to obtain Social Security benefits, the experienced attorneys at Celeste Law Firm can prove invaluable. Do not hesitate to contact our West Palm Beach Social Security claim process attorneys today in order improve your chances of securing Social Security benefits