If you become disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits to help you financially until you recover from your injury. Applying for these monthly benefits is a complex, multi-step process. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, however, can help you.
We know what it takes to qualify for these benefits. So, we can help you fulfill the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) requirements. If you want to apply for benefits or if your application was denied in Margate, FL call 1-800-747-3733 today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Social Security Disability Insurance
You may be eligible to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if your medical condition prevents you from performing basic work activities (lifting, sitting, walking) for at least one year. The program does not pay benefits for partial disability or short-term disability.
If you can no longer work as you once did and SSA determines that you cannot do other work, you more than likely would meet SSA’s definition of “disabled.”
You must also have a certain amount of credits accumulated during your work history from jobs that pay Social Security taxes. You may also be eligible for SSDI payments if you are self-employed and pay Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays monthly benefits to children under 18, and adults over 65 years old who are disabled or blind, and have limited income and resources.
When you schedule a consultation with one of our Social Security disability lawyers in Margate, FL, we can speak with you about your eligibility to receive SSDI or SSI disability benefits. To schedule a consultation, call 1-800-747-3733.
Building Your Case for Disability Benefits
At The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we use our resources to prepare solid cases that help our clients qualify for disability benefits.
For your specific situation, we can help you secure evidence to prove that you have a disability that prevents you from working. We can build a case by securing such evidence as:
- Your doctor’s written statement about your medical condition
- Treatment your doctor ordered for your medical condition
- Results from laboratory tests and imaging scans
- Surgeries you have had because of your disability
- Rehabilitation you underwent or are still having
- Statements from you and your family members about how your medical condition has impacted your ability to carry out your daily tasks
- Statement from your employer about your inability to work in the same job you had before your disability
The evidence we gather will depend on the type of injury you suffered. What we secure on your behalf helps to strengthen your claim for disability benefits.
SSA’s List of Impairments
SSA has an exhaustive listing of impairments that it uses to qualify disabled individuals for receiving disability benefits. The listings cover a variety of physical and mental impairments severe enough to prevent adults from working. According to SSA, the impairments also apply to children under 18 applying for SSI.
The listings contain conditions for each major body system, such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the digestive system. There are also listings for cancer, skin disorders, immune system disorders, and congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems.
Although the impairment listings are extensive, your medical condition may not be included on SSA’s list. But that does not automatically exclude you from receiving benefits. We can help you obtain proof to submit to SSA about your particular condition.
If you have questions or concerns about whether your medical condition qualifies you for benefits, call us at 1-800-747-3733.
Taking an Independent Medical Examination
When the SSA does not have adequate information to determine whether an individual meets its definition of “disabled,” the SSA may ask the applicant to undergo a medical examination by an independent medical professional.
If you received a request from the SSA to take a Consultative Medical Examination (CME), call us as soon as possible to discuss this matter. We may be able to get additional medical information from your treating physician or other sources that would resolve the issues SSA has about your medical condition.
If you are still required to take a CME, we can speak with you about what to expect from this process. Call 1-800-747-3733 to talk to one of our Social Security disability lawyers in Margate, FL before taking an SSA-requested medical examination.
We Can Help If Your Claim Was Denied
If you previously filed an application for disability benefits and were denied, time is of the essence. Contact The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine immediately so we can review your initial application. We not only can help you apply for disability benefits, but we can also appeal a denial of your application.
The appeals process involves multiple steps that we are well-equipped to handle on your behalf. In many instances, SSA issues denials because the applicant failed to provide enough information that proves that they are disabled as defined by the SSA.
If this has happened to you, we can help you meet SSA’s criteria by providing relevant documentation and other essential evidence.
Additionally, we can represent you should you request a hearing to appeal the denial before an administrative law judge. You can even appeal your case to a federal district court. The SSA imposes time limits on appealing a denial, so call us today: 1-800-747-3733.
Contact The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
Our disability benefits team works hard to get our clients the best possible outcome in their pursuit for Social Security disability benefits. We can also help you to get the benefits you may be entitled to as a disabled worker.
If you are disabled and can no longer work, turn to The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Our initial consultation with one of our Social Security disability lawyers in Margate, FL is free. We also handle personal injury cases.
Call 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation.