When a worker suffers an illness, injury, or other medical condition that makes it impossible for them to return to work for one year or more, the first thing that is likely to worry them is their financial stability and that of their family. To aid individuals in this situation, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes monthly payments to individuals who are eligible for disability benefits.
The SSA’s definition of disability is a person who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. If you believe that you may be eligible for such compensation, please call Swanson & Moors, LLC for legal guidance.
Social Security Disability Practice Areas
The Social Security disability (SSDI) process is not an easy one. You must first apply for SSDI benefits and then proceed through the process of appealing a claim in the event that you are denied. The appeals process can be comprised of as many as four steps. First, you request reconsideration, where your medical records and other information are reviewed once more to consider your eligibility. If you are still denied benefits, you may request a hearing, and then a review by an Administrative Law Judge. At this point, if your claim is still denied, you may take the case to the District Court with the representation of an attorney.
A person may be in need of disability benefits for any number of medical conditions. Some of the most common cases involve physical impairment, such as severe medical conditions, loss of mobility or motor function, loss of limbs, and more. Other cases involve mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mental retardation, autism, and personality disorders. These conditions can be more difficult to diagnose, but are just as eligible for benefits as is physical impairment.
Even if you are not eligible to receive SSD benefits, you may be able to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you have very little or no income. Such income can also be added to Social Security disability, although you may only be eligible for one or the other. You must apply for SSI in person at your local Social Security office and the process is more strict.
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If you suffer from an illness, injury, or other medical condition that prevents you from returning to work, you can’t afford to pass up a free consultation with an experienced attorney. Contact Swanson & Moors, LLC today.
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