If you are injured or disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Get started by contacting a social security attorney with a comprehensive understanding of the system, because obtaining benefits can be difficult.
Social Security Disability benefits, commonly abbreviated as SSD or SSDI, are available to workers who have worked for a certain period of time and have suffered physical or mental impairments severe enough to prevent them from engaging in their normal occupations or any other work.
SSI is a similar program, but benefits are available to people with low income, or who are 65 and older. Call the Law Offices of Dan Davis today for legal guidance. An experienced Oklahoma City Social Security Disability lawyer can help you avoid common application mistakes to prevent a denied SSD or SSI claim.
Conditions like blindness are commonly recognized as a type of disability that qualifies you for benefits. Remember, each case is evaluated individually. In all cases, certain standards must be met, including one that states that you have been unable to work for at least 12 months due to the condition.
Disabilities and medical conditions that commonly lead to SSD benefits include:
The SSDI application and appeals process can be frustrating to people who go it alone. It’s very common for a Social Security Disability claim to be denied. The Social Security Administration receives more than 2.5 million applications each year, and denies benefits for most of the initial applicants.
If your claim was denied, don’t give up.
A lawyer who knows the system can help you prepare your Social Security Disability claim by gathering essential documents and records and sticking to deadlines. Most people have no idea how to thoroughly prepare for an SSDI hearing. This is one of the reasons why hiring an attorney makes sense. You may also gain a better sense of what types of benefits, and in what amount, you qualify for.
The longer you wait to file your disability claim, the less likely your claim will be accepted. Some people who are disabled are awarded benefits, only to have them terminated prematurely. Among the reasons short or long-term disability benefits are canceled include determinations by the agency that:
Our experience and nationwide statistics show us that claimants who are not represented at their hearing before the administrative law judge (ALJ) are denied twice as often as those who are represented. Before engaging in the appeal/hearing process, hire an Oklahoma City Social Security lawyer so that you can avoid common application mistakes when filing for Social Security Disability benefits.
Common Social Security Disability application mistakes include:
An attorney knows how to avoid application mistakes so that benefits may be awarded more promptly, without the delay of the Reconsideration or Hearing processes. Should the application process reach the hearing stage, you should give your attorney enough time to properly prepare for the hearing.
To support your claim, an attorney may undertake the following steps:
Claimants not represented at their administrative law judge hearing are denied two times more often than those who are represented by legal counsel. For this reason, we encourage you to get in touch with an Oklahoma SSD lawyer at the Law Offices of Dan Davis today.