Were you recently injured or diagnosed with an impairment or disability? Are you now unable to work or unable to work in the same capacity as before? If a recent injury or diagnosis has made working difficult or impossible, you may be eligible to file for Social Security Disability (SSDI).
You have worked hard and paid into Social Security over the years. If you can no longer work, you deserve to receive the benefits you have paid into.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you with your Social Security Disability claim. Learn more about how our Social Security Disability lawyers in Jupiter, FL, may be able to help by calling 1-800-747-3733 today. We can evaluate your case and help you file a claim or an appeal.
Common Injuries or Impairments for SSDI
A wide range of injuries or diagnoses may make you eligible for Social Security Disability. The most common injuries or diagnosis we see include:
- Neck or back injuries
- Heart failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chron’s Disease
- Lyme Disease
If you suffer from one of these conditions, or another condition that prevents you from working or working at the same capacity as before, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability.
A Social Security Disability lawyer in Jupiter, FL, can help you navigate the application or appeals process. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to discuss your legal options.
Eligibility for Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration sets two main eligibility requirements for receiving Social Security Disability. You must:
Meet the SSA Definition for Disability
To meet the current Social Security definition for disability, you must:
- Have not worked for at least the past 12 months (except for certain conditions)
- Have a severe condition that limits your ability to do basic work
- Have a condition on SSA’s list of medical conditions
- Be unable to do the work you did previously
- Be unable to perform other work
Have Enough Work Credits
In addition to meeting the SSA’s requirement for disability, you must also meet their work credit requirements. Credits are earned based on your yearly income and the number of years you have worked. In 2018, you earn one credit for every $1,320 in covered earnings per year, up to a maximum of four credits for the year.
The number of credits required for applying for Social Security disability is based upon several factors, including:
- The year you became disabled
- Your age when you became disabled
Social Security Disability Appeals
According to the Social Security Office, only 37 to 26 percent of claims are approved upon initial application. That means most disability claimants are denied the first time they apply. The most common reasons claims are denied include:
- Not enough medical evidence
- Incorrectly completed forms
- Failure to attend a third-party medical exam as requested
- Lack of proof you are unable to work
- Failure to get legal help
You can appeal a Social Security Disability denial on your own, but a Social Security Disability lawyer can help by explaining what to expect, collecting information to help build a strong claim, and managing the process for you.
How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help
Applying for Social Security Disability can be a complex process. You may be struggling to complete daily tasks and taking on the legal process on top of that can feel overwhelming. Our disability lawyers can help in the following ways:
Answer Questions & Concerns
Our Social Security Disability lawyers in Jupiter, Florida, have helped other clients just like you get the disability benefits they deserve. Our team can answer any questions you have and advise you on the next steps in your case.
Explain the Laws & Special Rules Outlined by the SSA
The Social Security Administration makes allowances for certain conditions or situations. For example, there are specific disability rules for people who have low vision or are legally blind. In addition, certain diagnoses may allow you to expedite your claim, for example, if you have leukemia or ALS.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers understand these exceptions and can file your application appropriately.
Gather Evidence to Support Your Claim
A strong application is critical to getting your disability claim approved. We will gather medical reports, past work history, and other evidence we can use to show the SSA that you are eligible for disability benefits.
File Your Claim
While you do not need a lawyer to file for disability, our team can ensure your application is as strong as possible and file the required paperwork for you.
Appeal Your Denial
To appeal a denial, you must file an SSA-561, Request for Reconsideration. We can file this form on your behalf and represent you to the Administrative Law Judge over your case, if necessary.
Contact a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Jupiter, FL
Let our legal team help you through the disability process. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to learn more about how our attorneys may be able to assist with your Social Security Disability claim or appeal. Schedule your case review today at 1-800-747-3733.