Securing Your Disability Benefits

There are two types of benefits that are awarded to people with disabling conditions. These programs are:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Both types of benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and both are hard to obtain without an attorney’s help. In fact, the vast majority of initial claims for disability benefits are denied, and successfully fighting a denial can take over a year. If you are in need of disability benefits, contact the Bradenton Social Security Disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett for help as soon as possible. We know how badly you need these benefits to make ends meet, which is what motivates us to aggressively pursue them on your behalf. We know what it takes to win—let us put our extensive resources and knowledge to work for you.

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Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

SSD benefits are available to all disabled workers who have earned enough work credits to qualify for this program. This means you have paid enough to the SSA through payroll taxes over the course of your employment to qualify for benefits.

If you do not qualify for SSD benefits, you may qualify for SSI benefits instead. SSI is a needs-based program that awards benefits to disabled individuals with limited income and resources.

The amount you will receive every month will depend on a number of factors, including which type of benefits you qualify for and your pre-disability income.If you would like to determine whether or not you qualify for benefits, and if so, how much you should expect to receive, speak to our Social Security Disability lawyers in Bradenton today.

What Happens If My Claim For Social Security Disability Benefits is Denied?

If your claim has been denied, our attorneys can assist you with the process of appealing the decision. There are several steps involved in the complex appeals process. The first step in the process is the reconsideration review, but most claims are denied again during this stage. Many claims are approved during the next step, which is a hearing before an administrative law judge. You will be given a chance to present evidence that supports your claim to a judge, who will decide whether or not to approve your claim.

If the judge denies your claim, the next step is approaching the Appeals Council to request a review of your claim. The Appeals Council has the authority to either agree with the judge’s ruling or overrule the judge’s decision and award you SSI or SSD benefits. But the Appeals Council can also decide not to review your case at all. The final step in the process is filing a civil suit in federal court. You will only need to take this step if your claim is denied by the Appeals Council or if the Appeals Council chooses not to review your appeal.

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When Should I Hire A SSD Lawyer in Bradenton?

At Carlson Meissner & Hayslett, our attorneys proudly represent clients at all stages of the disability benefits claim process. Whether you have already applied for these benefits and been denied or need to submit an initial application, we can help. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. But many people choose to wait until they are denied to seek legal representation.

We understand that the denial of these benefits puts a tremendous financial burden on anyone who has been seriously injured and can no longer work. The process of appealing a denied Social Security claim can be overwhelming for the average person. Dealing with the rules, regulations, and seemingly endless red tape required by the SSA can frustrate anyone.

The confounding bureaucracy may result in long delays in receiving the benefits due to you for the many years you worked and contributed to the system. Don’t face these challenges alone. Turn to our Social Security disability attorneys for help navigating through the complex and frustrating appeals process. We are on your side.

Contact Our Disability Benefit Attorneys in Bradenton to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Are you suffering from a physical or mental disability? If so, seek legal representation from the Bradenton Social Security Disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett as soon as possible. Our dedicated attorneys have over 125 years of combined legal experience, so we have the resources and knowledge that it takes to win disability benefits for our clients. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at 941-289-0504 or fill out the form on this website.

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