If you have a disability that leaves you unable to work, you might qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, when claimants apply for the program, it is not uncommon to receive a denial for benefits.
For assistance with filing your first application or appealing a denial, consider retaining the services of a Daytona Beach Social Security Disability lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. They will help you follow all processes according to Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.
Identifying Which Social Security Disability Program You Qualify For
Social Security disability benefits consist of two programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The one for which you qualify depends on your circumstances. However, in some cases, you might be able to receive benefits from both.
Social Security Disability Insurance
According to theSSA, you must meet these requirements to obtain SSDI benefits:
- Have a disability that has kept you from working for at least one year.
- Have a certain number of work credits – per the SSA, the most you can earn in a year is four.
- Have medical documentation to support your diagnosis.
Supplemental Security Income
As opposed to being based on work credits, SSI is designed for those who have limited income and other resources. These individuals must be at least 65 years old.
Should the SSAprovide you SSI benefits, the maximum amount you can collect per month (as of 2021) is $794 for an individual, which comes to $9,530.12 annually. Eligible individuals with an eligible spouse would receive $1,191 per month ($14,293.61 per year).
The Types of Impairments That Qualify You for SSD
To receive benefits, you must have a disability listed in the Social Security Administration Blue Book.
The Blue Book lists these eligible disabilities:
- Musculoskeletal disorders: Soft tissue injuries, complex fractures of the pelvis, tibia, or femur, and skeletal spin disorders.
- Special senses and speech disorders: Loss of speech, blindness, or hearing loss but treated with a cochlear implant.
- Neurological disorders: Epilepsy, spinal cord disorders, or post-polio syndrome.
- Cancer: SSA will consider the origin and extent of the cancer.
- Immune system disorders: Polymyositis and dermatomyositis, HIV, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Endocrine disorders: Adrenal gland disorders, diabetes mellitus, and hypoglycemia.
- Skin disorders: Burns, Bullous disease, and dermatitis.
- Genitourinary disorders: Chronic kidney disease and nephrotic syndrome.
- Digestive system disorders: Inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, and chronic liver disease.
- Mental disorders: Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, bipolar disorders, and eating disorders.
If you don’t see the disability you suffer from in the Blue Book, you might still qualify for benefits. Your Daytona Beach Social Security Disability lawyer can review your options with you.
Types of Evidence You Can Use to Back Up Your Disability Claim
The SSD program to which you are applying and the circumstances of your disability play significant roles in the types of evidence you must present.
Generally, the SSA requires:
- Proof of your identity: Your name, Social Security Number, and birth certificate.
- Proof of citizenship: Anything that shows you are an American citizen or a legal resident.
- Medical records: These must show your diagnosis, its severity, your treatment, imaging scans, how long you have been suffering from your condition, and any other statements from your physician.
- Work history: Pay stubs or direct deposit statements that document your pay or pension, or if you’ve received workers’ compensation benefits.
Gathering all this evidence might seem like a daunting task. However, with our Daytona Beach lawyers on your side, they will work to make the Social Security Disability claims process go as efficiently as possible.
Putting Your Social Security Disability Case in Our Hands
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we pride ourselves on giving responsive legal care to all our clients. Doing so involves:
- Providing you with your assigned attorney’s phone number
- Frequent updates on your claim’s status
- Speedy responses to your calls and emails
- Answering your questions right away
On top of these aspects of your case, we perform these tasks for our SSD clients:
- Review the entire claims process with you
- Collect all required documents and other necessary information
- Evaluate your claim for benefits
- Make sure all your paperwork is completed correctly
- Meet all deadlines
We Can Represent You if Your Claim Gets Denied
When SSD claimants submit their initial application, the SSA might deny their claim. However, you can file an appeal within 60 days of receiving this denial.
Allow a lawyer on our team to represent you throughout the following stages of the appeals process:
- A hearing with an Administration Law Judge (ALJ)
- A hearing with a different ALJ or the Appeals Court
- Federal court review
The SSA can accept your claim for benefits during any one of these stages. Still, you might be concerned about receiving the pay you missed from the time you filed your application to the weeks after your final acceptance. Fortunately, the SSA will award you back pay, which will make up for the lost payments.
Whether You Have the Means to Hire Our Florida Law Firm
If you’re out of work and facing hefty medical bills, you might feel hesitant to enlist legal services. However, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will represent you on a contingency basis, meaning:
- A free consultation upon your first call
- No upfront attorney’s fees
- You only pay your lawyer if they secure benefits for you
You limit your financial risk when we work under this payment structure.
Get Answers About Your Disability Claim from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
Getting your claim denied or trying to navigate the Social Security process on your own can be frustrating and complicated. Turn to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for assistance instead.
Contact one of our staff members today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation and learn more about what our attorneys will do for you and your Daytona Beach family. We will go the extra mile.
We Can Help.