Palm Beach Gardens SSD Attorney
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a lifeline for over 10 million disabled individuals and their dependents. Without this vital source of income, making ends meet would be difficult, if not impossible. Waiting for approval can be anxiety-producing; receiving a denial, though, exacerbates worry and frustration.
If you are struggling to receive the benefits to which you are entitled, you need an experienced Palm Beach Gardens SSD Attorney. Look no further than LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz. We will help with all of your applications and appeals so that you are able to focus on your health. Start with our free online SSD Case Evaluation Tool to see if you have a case.
SSD Claims Explained
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) exists to help people who are unable to work because of significant mental or physical conditions. Several programs exist under this broad umbrella to offer aid in the form of cash payments and/or medical coverage. Eligibility is not always clear-cut; please consult our Social Security attorneys if you feel you are entitled to benefits.
Determining SSD Eligibility
How do you know if you are eligible for SSD benefits? The SSA consults what is called the “List of Impairment Classification.” This list includes “predefined conditions” that typically result in SSD approval (e.g. chronic heart failure, liver failure, cystic fibrosis, and many more). But what if you suffer from a condition that is included on this list, such as Fibromyalgia? Determine your SSD Eligibility with this download.
Even if your health condition isn’t defined by the SSA, you may still be able to receive benefits. To determine if you are eligible, the SSA will evaluate your situation, the severity of your condition, and your chances of recovery. Among the SSA’s criteria:
- Severity of Condition: If you have a condition that impedes your ability to work may enable you to receive benefits.
- List of Impairment Classification: As mentioned, this list includes the predefined conditions; applications for benefits are unlikely to be denied.
- Engaging in Other Work: If your condition prevents you from doing the type of work which you have engaged in for at least 15 years, the SSA will try to determine if you are able to work another job that is better suited to your medical situation.
- Work Status: If you’re able to work and earn at least $1000 per month, your benefits will likely be denied.
As a survivor of someone who received SSD, are you entitled to benefits? A Palm Beach Gardens Social Security Lawyer can help answer this question. At LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz, we understand the ins and outs of survivors’ benefits, including who is eligible.
- Disabled widows/widowers can start to collect benefits as early as age 50. *They are not eligible if they remarry before age 60 (or, if disabled, age 50). However, if the later marriage ends through death, divorce, or annulment, divorce, they may collect benefits.
- Widows/widowers may be eligible for full benefits when they reach retirement age (65) or reduced benefits (60).
When widows/widowers take care of the decedent’s child under age 16 or one who is disabled and receives Social Security benefits, they may receive benefits.
- Dependent parents of the decedent age 62 or older should submit applications.
- Unmarried children under age 18, unmarried children 19 or younger who are enrolled full-time in elementary or secondary school may be entitled to these resources.
- Children who become disabled before age 22 may be eligible for survivor’s’ benefits..
Other forms of disability benefits:
- Public disability payments
- Long term disability compensation
- Widow/widower benefits
- Assistance programs
- Unemployment compensation
Social Security Income (SSI) was created in order to help people who are disabled, as well as low income seniors. Funded through the US Treasury, this needs-based program provides much-needed assistance for vulnerable segments of the population.
As SSI is needs-based, your income (e.g. wages, pensions, Social Security benefits) and resources (e.g. bank accounts, real estate) are taken into consideration. Excluded are the home you live in and the property on which it sits, your vehicle, burial plots, and life insurance policies with a face value of $1500 or less.
SSD Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I qualify Social Security Disability benefits? Start by filling out this evaluation form. If you have any questions, contact a Palm Beach Gardens SSD attorney at LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz.
How do I file an SSD application? You can do this in-person by making an appointment at your local Social Security office; online via the Social Security website; our over the phone with the Social Security Administration. If you need assistance, we will guide you through every step of the process. Download our free SSD Application Checklist.
How much supplemental income does SSD offer? The maximum benefit as of 2017 is $1171 per month.
What do I need to apply for Social Security Income?
- Birth certificate.
- Social Security card.
- Your healthcare provider’s information.
- Proof of citizenship..
- Financial documents, such as bank statements and account numbers, payroll slips, and insurance policies.
Can a disabled widow/widower receive SSD benefits? Maybe. If you meet SSA requirements, you may start collecting benefits at age 50.
Why are initial claims denied so frequently? Denials are often the result of a determination by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) that the claimant has sufficient “residual functional capacity.” In other words, DDS believes they can engage in some form of work activities.
What happens if my initial claim is denied? Consult a Palm Beach Gardens Social Security lawyer to strengthen your claim, facilitate your medical provider’s cooperation, and assemble a comprehensive case.
Try our free online SSD Case Evaluation Tool.