New Port Richey Social Security Disability LawyersHelping Clients Secure Benefits
If you are no longer able to work as a result of a disabling mental or physical condition, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The two types of benefits are:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
But obtaining these benefits involves much more than simply filling out an application. In fact, it is quite difficult to obtain disability benefits, especially if you are not represented by an experienced attorney.
Since 1971, the attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett have protected the rights of disabled individuals by helping them fight for the benefits they deserve. Now, let us help you. Contact our law firm now to discuss your case.
How Does the Social Security Administration Determine If You’re Disabled?
Both SSI and SSD benefits are only awarded to disabled individuals. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are disabled if you meet these conditions:
- You have a mental or physical condition that has lasted for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death or last for at least 12 months in the future.
- The mental or physical condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
You will not automatically qualify for benefits if you meet these conditions. There are other eligibility requirements, too. For example, to qualify for SSD benefits, you must have earned a certain number of work credits, which means you paid in enough taxes to the SSA throughout the course of your employment.
Because the eligibility rules are so complicated, it’s best to speak to our attorneys to determine if you qualify.
Why Are Social Security Disability Claims Denied?
The reality of Social Security disability benefits is that the majority of claims are initially denied. In fact, more than 60% of initial SSD and SSI claims are denied upon filing. This is a normal part of the system of checks and balances that the government has established to ensure that each claim is legitimate. But unfortunately, many disabled individuals are often denied benefits as a result of this system.
Some of the most common reasons that claims are denied include:
- The applicant failed to provide enough medical evidence to prove that they are disabled.
- The applicant’s income is too high to qualify.
- The applicant failed to follow their doctor’s orders.
- The applicant did not cooperate with the SSA’s requests for additional information.
It’s important to remember that a denial is not the end of the road. If you are denied, you have the right to appeal the decision and continue fighting for benefits. But you shouldn’t face this fight without our attorneys by your side.
When Should You Hire A Disability Benefits Attorney in New Port Richey?
While you may not necessarily need an attorney during the initial application process, it is in your best interest to consult with a Social Security disability lawyer by the hearing or reconsideration stage. When you get to these stages of the process, you will now be in a courtroom setting. This means you will need our attorneys’ knowledge and experience in order to win your case and obtain the benefits you deserve.
Plus, if your claim is denied during the hearing stage, the next step is to ask for a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. It is essential that our attorneys are involved at this point because the arguments made at this stage are typically in writing rather than through oral testimony. Because of this, it is very unlikely that you would be able to successfully win your claim at this stage without an attorney
Our attorneys know how to navigate the complex SSDI system with ease. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin working tirelessly to secure benefits on your behalf.
Contact Our Social Security Disability Law Firm to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Don’t make the mistake of trying to obtain Social Security disability benefits on your own. If you are in need of benefits, rely on the Social Security disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett for legal assistance. Our team has over 125 years of combined legal experience, which means we have the legal resources and skills that you need to win benefits. Discuss your case with our attorneys today by schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at 727-847-2737 or fill out the form on this website.