Lake Worth Social Security Disability Attorneys
Over 10 million disabled workers and dependents rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) to cover expenses and make ends meet. Being denied for these essential benefits is frustrating — and stressful for individuals and families. If you have been denied, do not give up. It is not over. An experienced Lake Worth SSD Lawyer will work to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Our expert team is here to guide you through every step of the process, from applications to appeals. Your life should not be taken over by the struggle for your benefits. We will take on the fight for you. Get started with our free online SSD Case Evaluation Tool.
SSD Claims Explained
Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSD or SSDI, is an umbrella under which live several programs designed to help disabled individuals and their families. SSD benefits may include medical coverage and cash payments. These are determined by your financial situation and whether or not you meet Social Security Administration (SSA) requirements.
If you’re unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, you might be able to receive SSD benefits. An experienced Lake Worth Social Security Attorney can help examine your circumstances, including medical proof of disability and your previous work experience, to determine if you are entitled to benefits.
If you receive SSD benefits, your children may also be eligible as well. Contact LaBovick Law Group; we will advocate for you — and for your family.
Determining SSD Eligibility
The SSA maintains a list of predefined afflictions under the Listing of Impairment directive. This means that if you suffer from one of these ailments (e.g. chronic heart failure, disorders of bone marrow failure, chronic pulmonary hypertension, chronic liver failure, amputation, depressive and bipolar disorders, intellectual disorder, to name just a few), you automatically qualify for benefits. What if you have a disability that is not on the list of predefined conditions? There is still a chance that you can receive coverage. Determine your SSD Eligibility with this download.
The SSA will conduct detailed evaluation of your condition to determine how severe it is and if you have the possibility of recovery. To do this, they must establish a number of criteria, including:
- List of Impairment Classification: The claimant has to prove that they are suffering from a condition that appears on the List of Impairment, which essentially assures their benefits.
- Severity of Condition: If the impairment is significant enough to prevent the claimant from working a normal job, they may qualify.
- Work Status: If you’re able to work and earn an average amount of $1000 a month, you will likely be found ineligible as you are not considered “disabled” under this definition.
- Engaging in Other Work: If the petitioner is found to be unable, through medical evidence, to do the work that they have been doing for the last 15 years, the SSA will attempt to discover if the claimant is able to secure work that will be less physically demanding.
In some cases, family members of a deceased SSD beneficiary may be entitled to benefits. This depends on whether the decedent paid Social Security taxes and earned sufficient credits, as well as if family members meet certain criteria:
- Dependent parents aged 62 or older.
- Unmarried children under age 18.
- Unmarried children 19 and under who are full-time elementary or secondary students.
- Children who become disabled before age 22. In some cases, stepchildren, adopted children, and grandchildren are eligible for benefits as well.
- Widow/widower who takes care of the decedent’s child under age 16 or who is disabled and receives Social Security benefits.
- Widow/widower of full retirement age (65) or reduced benefits at 60.
- Disabled widow/widower (as early as age 50). *If widow/widower remarries before age 60 (or, if disabled, age 50), they are not eligible for benefits. If the latter marriage ends through annulment, divorce, or death, they may collect benefits.
You may qualify for other types of disability benefits, such as:
- Unemployment compensation
- Assistance programs
- Public disability payments
- Social security retirement benefits
- Long term disability compensation
- widow/widower benefits
If you’ve been denied SSD benefits, contact an experienced Lake Worth Social Security Attorney. LaBovick Law Group can help you to refile your claim and increase the chance that you will be covered. Download our free SSD Application Checklist.
SSI, or Social Security Income, is a needs-based program for people who are low income, blind, disabled, or age 65 or older. It is paid for by the US Treasury and connects qualifying individuals with aid.
SSI eligibility is based on your income (e.g. wages, pensions, benefits) and resources (e.g. real estate bank accounts, stocks). You cannot hold resources in excess of $2000 for an individual or $3000 for a couple. Excluded from these calculations are: the home in which you live, your car, burial plots, and life insurance policies with face values of $1500 or less).
Social Security Disability FAQs
Do I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? Fill out this evaluation form and find out. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a Lake Worth SSD attorney at the LaBovick Law Group.
How do I file an SSD claim? You can choose to do this on your own by: making an appointment at your local Social Security office to file in person; filing online via the Social Security website; filing over the phone with the Social Security Administration. If you need help, we are here. We will guide you through every step of the process, from locating relevant documents to explaining your disability in the application to building a strong medical case. At the hearing stage, we will present your case, which increases the rate of success.
How much supplemental income can I receive? The amount varies from year to year and is impacted by your income and resources. As of 2017, the maximum benefit is $1171 per month.
What documents do I need to apply for SSI? You will need several key documents:
- Birth certificate.
- Social Security card.
- Your healthcare provider’s information.
- Proof of citizenship (e.g. US Passport, Certificate of Citizenship).
- Financial information. Gather bank statements and account numbers, checkbook, payroll slips, insurance policies, and other documents related to your income and resources.
I am a disabled widow/widower. Can I get SSD benefits? Starting at age 50, you can collect benefits if you meet the requirements.To qualify, you must have become disabled before or within seven years after the death of the wage earner.
Why are so many initial claims denied? Denials are often issued because the Disability Determination Services (DDS) department finds that the claimant has sufficient “residual functional capacity.” That is, they can engage in some form of work activities. Download our free SSD Application Checklist.
What should I do if my initial claim is denied? You can file an appeal within 60 days. An experienced Lake Worth SSD Lawyer can help strengthen your claim by facilitating your healthcare provider’s cooperation and assembling a thorough case.
Try our free online SSD Case Evaluation Tool.