Social Security Disability Lawyers
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a vital resource for disabled Americans across the country who can no longer work because of a disability or illness. Unfortunately, the process for getting these benefits can be difficult.
The Social Security Disability lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs are well-versed in the application and appeals process for getting disability benefits. We have guided many clients through the process and know the types of information the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for in order to approve your claim. Whether you are just beginning to consider filing for disability or if your claim has already been denied, contact our team to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and charge nothing unless you get the benefits you need.
Call our Social Security Disability lawyers 1-877-692-3862 today.
Why You Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer
Applying for Social Security Disability is a complicated process that could last anywhere from a few months to a year or more.
This is a lot to handle on your own, particularly when you are dealing with a disability and are not familiar with the process.
Fortunately, you can contact our Social Security Disability lawyers to help guide you through the process. We can help you compile all of the documentation you will need to establish your work history and your medical condition, including:
- Detailed medical records from doctors, therapists, hospitals, caseworkers and others who have provided treatment
- Results of medical and laboratory tests confirming your disability diagnosis
- Information about the prescription medications you are taking
- W-2s and other employment records to show your earnings and the type of work you did
Our goal is to build a compelling case for why your disability meets the SSA's requirements and show definitive proof that you have satisfied the work history requirements.
Once your application is submitted, it could take three to five months for the SSA to process it. We will keep a close eye on the status of your application. If SSA representatives want to meet to go over your claim, we can represent you to help ensure your case is receiving the proper attention.
If your application is approved, we will carefully review it to ensure you are receiving all the benefits you deserve.
Unfortunately, most applications are denied the first time. That is why our Social Security Disability lawyers are prepared for the appeals process.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers will make sure your written appeal is submitted before the deadline, 60 days after receiving the denial letter in the mail. We will include any new evidence to help reverse the SSA's decision.
After receiving the appeal letter, a claims examiner will evaluate your application. If he or she does not reverse the decision, we can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. We can take the lead in the hearing, including subpoenaing witnesses, questioning them and presenting more evidence.
If your application is not approved after this hearing, we can request another one. However, the SSA could decide not to grant us one.
Our last option is to file a federal lawsuit. Fortunately, many of these lawsuits are successful.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
One of the main things that determines your eligibility for Social Security Disability is your disability or medical condition. Your medical issue must satisfy the SSA's three criteria to be considered a disability:
- The condition prevents you from doing the work you used to do.
- The disability prevents you from doing another kind of job.
- The disability will affect you for more than one year or will lead to your death.
The SSA has a list of disabilities that meet these three qualifications, often called the Blue Book of impairments. If the SSA confirms that you have one of these conditions, and you meet the work requirements, you automatically qualify for benefits.
Some of the conditions included in this list are:
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Lyme disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Crohn's disease
- Loss of sight, hearing or ability to speak
- Bipolar disorder
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
You could be eligible for benefits even if your medical condition is not on the list. However, these disabilities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the SSA.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs' Social Security Disability lawyers handle cases nationwide with court approval. If you cannot travel to one of our offices, we can come to you to evaluate your claim and determine if you have a case.
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Work History Requirements
Even if you have a qualifying medical condition, you will be denied benefits if you do not satisfy the SSA's work history requirements.
You must have worked long enough to obtain a certain number of work credits based on your age.
A work credit represents a portion of the money you earned in a given year. For income earned in 2016, one work credit is equal to $1,300.
You can earn a maximum of four work credits in one year. For 2016, four credits equal $5,200 in earnings.
The SSA will convert the annual earnings for each year you worked into work credits. Your age determines how many work credits you need to be eligible for SSDI benefits:
- If you are between the age of 31 and 42, you must have accumulated 20 work credits in the 10 years before applying for benefits. In other words, you have to have worked five of the last 10 years.
- If you are between 24 and 31 years of age, you need 16 work credits. In other words, if you are 29 years old, you have to have worked at least four of the past eight years to accumulate enough work credits.
- If you are younger than 24, you need six work credits. You would need to have worked at least one and a half years in the three years before you became disabled.
- When you turn 44, you need 22 work credits to qualify for benefits. For every two years you age after that, you will need two more work credits. For instance, if you are 46, you need 24 credits. If you are 48, you need 26 credits and so on.
The Social Security Disability lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs can help you determine if you meet the work history requirements and we know what documentation you need to prove it to the SSA.
Live chat with a representative or call us at 1-877-692-3862.
Can My Family Receive Benefits as Well?
Divorcees, spouses and children who meet any of the following requirements can receive SSDI benefits:
- Spouses over 62 years of age
- Spouses providing care to children younger than 16 or children who are disabled
- Unmarried children, stepchildren, adopted children or grandchildren younger than 18
- Unmarried children, stepchildren, adopted children or grandchildren under the age of 19 who are full-time students
- Unmarried children older than 18 who were diagnosed with a disability before turning 22
- Unmarried divorcees who were married for more than 10 years and are at least 62 years old
No matter where you live, our Social Security Disability lawyers can represent you. We have special permission to represent clients all over the country.
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Other Options if You Do Not Qualify for Social Security Disability
Unfortunately, some people have not worked enough to qualify for Social Security Disability. Fortunately, there is another program that people in this situation may qualify for called Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
This program is for people who have assets valued at less than $2,000 and a monthly income of less than $735, which is the federal benefit rate (FBR). Couples can receive SSI if they have assets valued at less than $3,000 and less than $1,103 in monthly income, which is the FBR for couples.
However, there are certain exceptions to these rules. If you have a job, the SSA will count less than half of your earnings toward the FBR. If you are participating in the Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) program, the money you receive will not be counted toward your income or asset limit.
One of the advantages of SSI benefits is that every state supplements SSI payments except these eight:
- West Virginia
State supplements could be anywhere from $10 to $400. The amount of money varies depending on your marital status and living arrangements.
Once you start receiving benefits, you can still work and make more than $1,170 in a month without losing disability benefits, as long as the SSA still considers you to be disabled. However, you are still bound by the $1,500 monthly income limit.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers can help you review your situation to find out if you may be eligible for SSI benefits.
Find out if our Social Security Disability lawyers can help you. Call 1-877-692-3862.
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Being diagnosed with a disability that takes away your ability to work is a devastating blow to the psyche. For many of us, our jobs are a major part of our identity.
In addition to the psychological impact, a severe disability is a devastating blow to your finances. Bills do not go away simply because you cannot afford to pay them.
That is why people with these disabilities have the option of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, obtaining benefits is a complicated process and it could take months or more to be approved.
Fortunately, you can contact our Social Security Disability lawyers to shoulder much of the burden of applying for benefits.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs has received national recognition for the results we have obtained for our clients. We will bring the highest level of professionalism and commitment to excellence to your claim.
Contact our skilled attorneys today by calling 1-877-692-3862.