If you have been unable to work a full-time job for 12 months because of a disabling medical illness or injury or are expected to be unable to work for 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, receiving those benefits can be difficult. Most people who apply for SSDI are denied the first and even the second time, even if they are qualified. If that has happened to you, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C. are here to help.
If you have become disabled, you deserve to get back the money you paid into Social Security so you can continue to support yourself. Our Social Security lawyers can guide you through the complex process and help you fight for the SSDI benefits you are entitled to. We represent clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region and beyond! Contact us today for a free initial consultation.SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION
Qualifying for Social Security Disability
SSD benefits are available to individuals who accumulated 40 work credits with 20 of those credits earned in the last 10 years and ending with the year you became disabled. If you have worked 5 out of the last 10 years, you likely have enough work credits to qualify for disability benefits, however, there are exceptions. If you are disabled but you do not have enough work history to qualify for SSD benefits, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
If you meet the SSD employment requirements, your SSDI application will have to include detailed information about the symptoms of your medical impairment or disabling disease and how they stop you from performing the work you did before. If you are awarded SSDI, you will receive Medicare and a monthly stipend to help pay living expenses.
Missouri Disability Lawyers Advocating For You
Even if you have had Social Security taxes regularly taken out of your paychecks, the Social Security Administration (SSA) often seems more than reluctant to award SSDI to those who qualify. Approximately only 30 percent of first-time Social Security Disability applications are approved. If you are denied after your first application, do not get discouraged. If and when you eventually win, you will receive past-due benefits that will make up for the months you waited to receive disability benefits.
Our SSDI attorneys have extensive knowledge of the SSA and the complex laws and regulations governing Social Security Disability. We have vast experience in the Social Security Disability appeals process from hearings before an administrative law judge through appeals.
If your initial claim is denied by the SSA, our disability attorneys can help you appeal the denial. A request for reconsideration can be made within sixty days after your first application is denied. If the reconsideration is denied, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge where you will be able to explain your need for SSDI in person. In preparation for a disability hearing with an administrative law judge, our SSDI lawyers work hard to gather every piece of evidence that will be useful to your case.
Supporting evidence might include:
- Medical records
- Doctors’ opinions
- Psychiatrists’ opinions
- Any other medical evidence that supports your disability claim
Workers’ Compensation and Disability
Workers’ compensation is an assistance program for injured workers that is managed by state statutes while Social Security Disability is a federal program. If you are receiving workers’ compensation, you are still able to qualify for SSDI benefits. However, the amount that you are eligible for under Social Security Disability may change if you are receiving workers’ compensation.
Contact Our Social Security Disability Lawyers
Navigating the SSDI claims process can be extremely frustrating, but you can count on the Missouri Social Security attorneys at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C. to fight for what you deserve! Contact our expert disability lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation.CONTACT US | SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION
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