St. Pete Social Security Disability Lawyers Helping the Disabled Obtain Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees two disability benefit programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD). Both of these programs were established to provide benefits to people who are unable to support themselves due to a physical or mental disability. But unfortunately, many people who have a legitimate need for these benefits are denied by the SSA.
If your application has been denied—or if you need help with the initial application process—seek legal representation at once. The Social Security disability attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart &Hayslett will work tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the benefits you are entitled to by law.
Who Qualifies For Social Security Disability Benefits?
You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled” in order to qualify for either SSI or SSD benefits. This means you must suffer from a mental or physical condition that:
- Prevents you from working, and
- Has lasted at least a year or is expected to either result in death or continue for at least a year.
Being disabled does not mean that you will automatically qualify for SSD or SSI benefits. SSI is a needs-based program, so you will only qualify for these benefits if you are a disabled individual with limited income and resources. SSD is not a needs-based program, but you will only qualify for these benefits if you have earned enough work credits. These credits are earned by paying money to the SSA through payroll taxes over the course of your employment.
The rules regarding eligibility for these benefits are complex, which is why it’s best to discuss your case with our attorneys to find out if you qualify.
Why Would My Disability Claim Be Denied?
If your disability claim has been denied, you’re not alone. In fact, the SSA only approves about one-third of initial disability claims, so there’s a good chance that your claim will be denied. The SSA may deny your claim for a number of reasons, including:
- You did not provide enough medical evidence to prove that you suffer from a disabling condition.
- You earn too much money to qualify.
- You do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSD.
- You did not cooperate with the SSA’s requests for additional information during the application review process.
- You failed to follow your doctor’s orders.
- Your disability is not expected to result in death or last for longer than 12 months.
Don’t let a denial stop you from fighting for the disability benefits you deserve. If your claim has been denied, contact our experienced attorneys right away.
What Can I Do If My Disability Claim Was Denied?
You have 60 days to file an appeal, so it’s important to seek legal representation as soon as possible so you don’t miss this deadline. Our attorneys have guided countless clients through the complex appeals process, which consists of these four steps:
- Reconsideration: A disability examinations officer will conduct another review of your application to determine if you qualify for benefits.
- Hearing: You will be given the opportunity to present your case to an administrative law judge, who will decide if you qualify for benefits.
- Appeals Council Review: If the judge does not rule in your favor, you can ask the Appeals Council to review your case.
- Federal Court Review: If the Appeals Council does not choose to review your case—or agrees with the judge’s decision—you can take your appeal to federal court.
This is your one chance to fight for the benefits you deserve. Your future is at stake, which is why you should turn to our trusted attorneys for help. We will stand by your side through the complex appeals process, fighting for the benefits you deserve every step of the way. Let our team put their legal knowledge, resources, and decades of experience to work for you.
Arrange Your Free Consultation With Our St. Pete Social Security Disability Attorneys
If you are ready to apply for Social Security disability benefits—or if your initial claim has already been denied—speak to the skilled attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart &Hayslett. With over 125 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys know how to navigate the process of filing an initial claim and winning an appeal. Let us fight for the disability benefits you need and deserve. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at 877-728-9653 or fill out the form on this website.