Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyers Helping Clients Win SSD and SSI Benefits
Many people suffer from disabling mental or physical conditions that affect their ability to work and earn an income. If you are in this position, you may qualify for disability benefits provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Suffering from a disability is stressful enough on its own, so you shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of navigating the complex process of obtaining disability benefits. If you need to apply for benefits—or if your initial application was denied—the Social Security disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett can help. Let us fight to secure the benefits you need.
What Are the Different Types of Social Security Disability Benefits?
There are two main types of Social Security disability benefits:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
You must be disabled to qualify for SSDI benefits. But this is not the only eligibility requirement. In addition to being disabled, you must have earned a certain number of work credits throughout your employment. This means you must have paid enough to the SSA through payroll taxes or you will not qualify for SSDI benefits.
SSI is a monthly stipend administered by the SSA. This program awards benefits to elderly, blind, and disabled people. It is funded by general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.
SSI is a needs-based program, which means it is only awarded to low-income individuals. In order to qualify for SSI, your income and financial resources must fall below a certain level. This level is adjusted on an annual basis.
Why Was My Application For Disability Benefits Denied?
Applications for Social Security disability benefits are often denied. In fact, it’s estimated that about two-thirds of initial applications are denied. The SSA may deny an application for a number of different reasons, including:
- You did not submit enough medical evidence to prove that you meet the SSA’s definition of disabled.
- You have not earned enough work credits to qualify for SSD benefits.
- You are making too much money to qualify.
- You have not complied with your doctor’s orders, which if followed, could help you return to work.
- You have not responded to the SSA’s requests for additional information during the application process.
- Your condition is not severe enough to qualify as a disability.
- Your condition is a short-term disability, which means it will not result in death and will last for less than 12 months.
If your application has been denied, contact our Social Security disability attorneys to begin the process of appealing the decision.
What Should I Do If My Social Security Disability Application is Denied?
The first step in the appeals process is filing a Request for Reconsideration. During this stage, another disability determinations officer will conduct a review of your application to determine if you are entitled to benefits. Most claims are denied again during this stage. If your claim is denied, the next step in the appeals process is a disability hearing.
You may have to wait between 18 to 24 months to get a hearing before an administrative law judge. Once your hearing is scheduled, it is important to gather all of your updated medical records, pharmacy reports and any documents showing a change in your condition.
It is also important to seek legal representation from an attorney before the hearing if you haven’t already done so. Why? The administrative law judge presiding over your hearing may require you to put your arguments in writing and provide additional information as to why they should grant your request for SSI or SSD. Our attorneys know how to craft a compelling argument that clearly outlines your case and the evidence that supports it. We have the knowledge and experience that you need to win your appeal and obtain the disability benefits you deserve.
Contact Our Disability Benefit Attorneys in Clearwater Now to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Don’t face the challenge of fighting for SSD or SSI benefits alone. If you are in need of disability benefits, turn to the Social Security disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett for help. With over 125 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys know how to navigate through the complex process of applying for benefits and appealing denials. We are committed to helping you win benefits as quickly as possible. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at 727-443-1562 or fill out the form on this website.