Social Security Disability is a government program designed to assist individuals who can no longer work due to a disability. Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a complex process, and approximately 50% of all initial applications are denied. To be considered eligible to receive such benefits, you must prove that:
- You are unable to work
- Your condition is expected to last more than a year, or will result in death; and
- Due to your condition, you cannot transition to another type of job
At the time of application, the Social Security Administration will require information in addition to the application. You also must gather and submit information such as:
- Proof of wages
- A list of all doctors you have seen regarding your condition, including dates of service
- All medications you are and have been taking
Not only must you be eligible under the reasons listed above, it is crucial to demonstrate how the condition impairs your abilities and prevents you from working. You are also required to have accumulated enough work credits to be eligible to apply. These work credits are noted on the statement that the Social Security Administration sends to each individual on a yearly basis.
Having a Social Security Disability attorney to assist you is not a requirement, however it can be extremely beneficial due to the high denial rate of initial applicants. If you are denied, or have been denied, you are able to appeal, but the appeal must be filed within 60 days from the time you receive the denial notice. It is highly recommended to retain an attorney to assist you with this process as it can be very difficult to navigate.
The attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers have extensive experience and proven positive results for our Social Security Disability clients. We will work hard to present the best case possible and keep you updated every step of the way.