Each year thousands of people fall ill or are injured to the point that they are unable to work for an extended period of time. Unless a person has a significant cushion to fall back on, this can be devastating to one’s finances. Social Security disability (SSD) and Social Security Supplementary Insurance (SSDI) were designed to help individuals who are unable to work for at least 12 months. The claims process can be quite challenging, however, and you may do well to work with a knowledgeable and experienced Rochester Social Security disability attorney to ensure your best chances of success.
The Claims Process
Weinrich Law Office dedicates a large part of its practice to the area of Social Security disability. We understand that clients who are injured or fall ill may have a hard time dealing with the complexities of the Social Security Administration. Fail to include enough medical documentation or miss a deadline, and your claim may be denied.
A Rochester Social Security disability lawyer from our firm can guide you through the process so that you can concentrate on getting well. If your application is denied, he will help you appeal your claim. It is worth noting that approximately 75% of applications are denied initially. Many of these individuals become discouraged and do not push forward with an appeal. Sadly, this is generally a mistake, for a large number of appeals are successful, especially at the administrative hearing level.
If you were to look over all the requirements for qualifying on your own you might feel overwhelmed. However, we understand the process and can guide you. In essence, your impairment must meet or equal the requirements outlined in SSA’s Listing of Impairments. You must also be unable to work for at least 12 months.
To be eligible for SSD an applicant must have paid into the program for a minimum number of years. SSDI is a needs-based program for those who fall below a certain income level. Age is a definite factor in qualifying; in essence, the older you are, the more likely your application will be accepted.
For Dedicated and Compassionate Legal Assistance
If you have either fallen ill or been injured and are unable to work for at least 12 months, you may qualify for SSD. The Rochester Social Security disability attorney at Weinrich Law Office has the experience, knowledge, and dedication to provide you with a high standard of legal help. Call to arrange an appointment today at (507) 288-5982 or send an email.