The Wegner Law Firm can help you get approved for the Social Security Disability Benefits you have paid for!
What are Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability benefits, commonly known as SSDIB, are the benefits that you earned by paying into Social Security every time you received a paycheck. As you “paid in” with each paycheck you earned “quarters of coverage”. If the Social Security Administration finds that you “paid in” enough and that you have a disability that will last for at least 12 months or end in death, you can qualify for SSDIB.
Who can get SSDIB?
Disability Insured Status
In order to qualify for SSDIB you must have at least 20 quarters of coverage in the 10 years before you became disabled. In simple terms that means that you must have worked at least 4 years of the previous 10 years prior to becoming disabled. You can find out more for the Social Security Administration on their website. https://www.ssa.gov/oact/progdata/insured.html
A person of any age can qualify for SSDIB if they meet all the requirements. My office generally limits representation to those individuals who are over 50 years of age. However, in some extraordinary situations we will represent younger clients.
Physical and Mental Disability
The Social Security Administration requires that a person prove that they have a physical or mental disability that will last at least 12 months or end in death. The SSA will review your documents and look for specific objective findings that support your claims. It is important to keep good records of which doctors you see, when you see them and their findings. SSA looks at the “Listings” to see if you meet or equal the requirements needed to be found disabled under the SSA definition. You can see the listings on the Social Security Administration website. https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm
What if you don’t meet the “Listing” but still can’t work?
This is really when you need to consider getting a good attorney experienced in dealing with the Social Security Administration. First, just because SSA determines that you don’t meet the “Listing” doesn’t mean the are right. Second, you can qualify even if you don’t meet the listing criteria. If you don’t meet the listing but we can demonstrate to SSA that you cannot engage in “substantial gainful activity” due to a specific and objective medical issue, you can still qualify for benefits. This is where things get more complicated and you should strongly consider having an attorney on your side.
What is the Process for getting approved for Social Security Disability Benefits?
The first step is to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. Most people do not need an attorney to help them. There is a lot of information on their website. https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability
If you get denied….
If you get denied on your initial application do not be surprised. Many qualified applicants are denied initially. You have 60 days from the date of the denial to request “Reconsideration” of your claim. You must make sure to submit your application in the time provided. If you do not apply for reconsideration on time you will have to start over with your claim. At this point you may want to hire an attorney to help you. It is important that all your medical records are collected and provided to the SSA. It also helps to provide additional information regarding your “activities of daily living” and other more subjective information that may help your case. A good attorney can also spot issues and give you advice that best helps your chance of winning your case.
If your request for Reconsideration is Denied…
If your request for Reconsideration is denied you have 60 days for that denial date to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. At this point you should have any attorney to help you. A good attorney will meet with you, prepare your case and appear with you at your Disability Hearing. I have spent years dealing with the Social Security Administration and helping clients receive the benefits they paid for.
How much will it cost to have an attorney help me?
My office handles these cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that I do not collect any payment unless we win. If we win I receive 20% of your past due benefits, capped at $6000, which will be paid directly to me from SSA. This is a standard fee arrangement used by most attorneys representing Claimants for Social Security Disability benefits.
I provide a free consultation by phone, by video or in person at my office in Fort Worth to people seeking help with the SSDIB Claim.
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