Having a disability makes it difficult to work and even more challenging to maintain financial independence. However, many people may not realize how broad “disability” is here. A disability can mean many things, physical or mental. If you have a disability that prevents you from doing your job fully, call Deputy & Mizell. Our Camden County Social Security Disability lawyers can assist you with the application process and give you key legal advice. Here are a few examples of disorders and diseases that may qualify you for Social Security Disability.
Disorders and Diseases That May Qualify You for Social Security Disability
Vision or Hearing Loss
High Blood Pressure
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Please note that these are just some of many examples of diseases and disorders that may qualify you for Social Security Disability. If you feel you may have a disability that prevents you from doing your job fully, but aren’t sure if it would qualify you for Social Security Disability payments, the best thing to do is to consult with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks first. It is important to remember that approximately only 30 percent of Social Security disability applications are approved at this stage. If you are approved, you will begin receiving disability benefits. If your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days to file a Request for Reconsideration in which the Social Security Administration will review your application again. This process takes approximately three to six months. If your Request for Reconsideration is denied again, you must then appeal and request a disability hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This stage of the appeals process can last a year or more. Oftentimes claimants will have to wait approximately two years before they have their hearing. After the hearing, you will either receive a favorable decision, a partially favorable decision, or an unfavorable decision within six months. If you do not agree with the Administrative Law Judge’s decision at the hearing level, you have the right to the appeal that decision with the Appeals Council. The review by the Appeals Council usually takes between six months to one year until completion. It is important to remember fewer than five percent of Social Security Disability cases are won at this stage of the appeals process. If your claim is denied by the Appeals Council, you may appeal your case to the Federal District Court. The Federal District Court may approve or deny your claim for Social Security Disability benefits or they may send your case back to Social Security Administration for further review.
As you can see, this application process can be quite lengthy and it can help to have the assistance of an attorney who’s been through this before. For a free consultation, call Deputy and Mizell at 573-346-9990.
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