Stuart Social Security Disability Attorney
Nearly 50 million people in the United States live with some form of disability, from functional limitation to severe. In some cases, physical or mental conditions interfere with the ability to work, rendering it difficult to make ends meet. When your application is denied, then, it brings a great sense of disappointment, discouragement, and fear.
Do not give up hope — instead consult an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Stuart. The LaBovick Law Group team is here to assist you through applications, appeals, and everything in between. Get started 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) provides benefits to qualified applicants who are no longer able to work because of a physical or mental condition. You must be “disabled” as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
When you consult a Social Security Disability attorney in Stuart, you can discover if you are eligible to receive medical benefits or cash payments. At the LaBovick Law Group, we know how difficult the process can be; we are committed to making it as streamlined and easy for you as possible.
Determining SSD Eligibility
The SSA follows specific guidelines when determining SSD eligibility. For example, if you have a “predefined” condition on the SSA’s Listing of Impairments, you are virtually assured of receiving benefits. But what happens if you have a condition that is not listed, such as Fibromyalgia. You may still qualify; it takes a bit more legwork, which your SSD attorney in Stuart can handle on your behalf. Determine your SSD Eligibility with this free ebook download.
There are a number of criteria that the SSA looks at in order to determine if you receive coverage, including:
- Severity of condition: If the claimant has a condition that prevents them from working a normal job, they might be able to receive benefits.
- Ability to engage in other work. If you’re unable to do the job that you have been doing for the past 15 years, but are still able to work in some capacity, the SSA will likely not approve benefits.
- List of Impairment Classification: If you have a condition that appears on what is known as the List of Impairment, you are not likely to be denied coverage.
- Work status: If you can earn about $1000 a month, it is unlikely that you will be approved for benefits.
Social Security Disability Survivors’ benefits are paid to family members of a deceased SSD recipient, who had earned enough credits and paid Social Security taxes. If you believe that you are eligible for these benefits, contact LaBovick Law Group. The following people may be approved:
- Dependent parents aged 62 or older.
- Unmarried children under age 18; age 19 and under who are full-time elementary or secondary students; or children who were disabled before age 22.
- Widow/widower who is the care provider for the decedent’s child (under 16 years of age) or who is disabled and receives SSD benefits.
- Widow/widower of covered wage earner at full retirement age (65) or reduced benefits at 60.
- Disabled widow/widower of wage earner (as early as age 50). *If they remarry before age 60 (or, if disabled, age 50), they do not qualify for survivor’s’ benefits. However, if the later marriage ends through death, divorce, or annulment, divorce, they may collect benefits.
Other types of disability benefits:
- Widow/widower benefits
- Long term disability compensation
- Assistance programs
- Unemployment compensation
- Public disability payments
- Social security retirement benefits
Remember: if you have been denied SSD benefits you may still be eligible. An SSD attorney in Stuart can help you reassess your application, refile your claim, and represent you at your hearing. Determine your SSD Eligibility with this download.
Social Security Income (SSI) is geared towards those with disabilities and low income seniors. The needs-based program ensures these vulnerable citizens have access to the resources they need.
When determining if someone qualifies for SSI, the SSA examines income and resources. You cannot have more than $2000 in resources for an individual or $3000 for a couple. Certain resources are excluded from the calculation, such as the home you live in, certain insurance policies, your car, and burial plots.
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 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 does SSD provide? As of 2017, the maximum monthly benefit is $1171. Your amount may differ, however, based on your income and resources.
What do I need when I apply for SSI? Gather the following documents:
- Birth certificate.
- Social Security card.
- Health provider’s information.
- Proof of citizenship (e.g. US Passport, Certificate of Citizenship).
- Financial documents, such as bank statements and account numbers, checkbook, payroll slips, insurance policies, and those that describe your income and resources.
As a disabled widow/widower, am I eligible for SSD benefits? You may be. You must have been disabled before or within seven years of the death of your spouse. Starting at age 50, you can collect benefits if you meet the requirements..
Why are initial claims frequently denied? The Disability Determination Services (DDS) department may determine that the applicant has sufficient “residual functional capacity.” That means they believe that the individual can still perform work in some capacity.
My claim was denied What now? You have just 60 days to file an appeal. Consult an SSD attorney in Stuart so you can present the strongest case possible.
Try our free online SSD Case Evaluation Tool.