Social Security Disability
The news is filled with stories about the Social Security system. While most of us think Social Security benefits are for people who have retired, these benefits are also available to individuals who have been ruled disabled and are too hurt to work. A number of factors go into determining who will receive Social Security Disability benefits and how much they receive. Key conditions that determine if one will receive benefits include the following:
- The injury must prevent one from engaging in any substantial gainful activity
- The disability is expected to last at least 12 months
- The number of Social Security credits one has earned based on the numbers of years one has worked
If you’re applying for SSD benefits, the last thing you can afford is a delay in receiving your benefits. Sadly, most peoples’ first Social Security Disability benefits application is denied. In fact, more than 60 percent of Californians who apply for SSD benefits have their application denied. Once your application has been denied, you then only have 60 days to file an appeal.
If you’ve been denied your SSD payments, get an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help navigate the complicated Social Security system and can help you receive disability benefits sooner. Here are just a few things your Social Security disability attorney could do for you.
- Handle all documents and filing requirements
- Get information from your existing Social Security file if your claim’s been denied
- Obtain your medical records or information to support your claim
- Protect you during your interview, conference or hearing with the Social Security department
- Request a reconsideration, hearing or Appeals Council review
- Prepare you and your witnesses for a hearing and question any witnesses
- Make the claims process go more smoothly and efficiently
- Your Family Can Also Receive SSD Payments!
Members of your family may also receive monthly SSD payments, based on your Social Security record. The members of your family that could qualify to receive Social Security Disability payments include:
- Your spouse
- Your divorced spouse
- Your children (younger than 19 years old)
- Your disabled child
Everything you hold dear may be at stake if you are disabled and unable to work and you don’t receive your Social Security Disability payments. You’ve worked hard all your life. Get an attorney to work just as hard to get you the benefits you deserve.
Robert M. Cohen
Attorney at Law
Attorney Member, Walker & Walker Attorney Network at 1-800-THE-LAW2
The information within the blog is not to be construed as legal advice.