Handling a Social Security disability (SSD) claim, whether filing a claim or appealing a denied claim, can be complex.
Having an experienced attorney in the Bowling Green area can greatly increases your chance of having your application approved and collecting benefits, even if your claim was previously denied.
At Morgan & Morgan, our Bowling Green social security disability attorneys have decades of experience handling SSD and SSI claims, and have successfully recovered benefits for numerous clients.
While filing a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be difficult and time-consuming, our lawyers can help speed up the process by helping you avoid minor errors and technicalities that cause claims to get denied.
In the event that your SSD claim was denied, we can walk you through the appeals process, present new evidence of your disability and if necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.
If you would like help filing a SSD claim or appeal, contact our Bowling Green office today by filling out a free case evaluation form. We may be able to help you collect your hard-earned Social Security benefits.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Your eligibility will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Whether you are currently working;
- The severity of your disability;
- Whether your disability is included on the SSA’s list of disabling conditions;
- Whether you can do the same work you performed prior to developing a disability; or
- Whether you are capable of performing any other work.
You must pass two Social Security Administration (SSA) eligibility tests:
- The “recent work” test, which evaluates your eligibility for benefits based on how old you were when you became disabled
- The “duration of work” test, which determines whether you worked long enough to receive Social Security benefits
Our attorneys can review your work and medical history to help you determine whether you qualify for benefits.
Types of Social Security Disability Benefits
There are several different types of government-paid benefits available for the disabled.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) benefits are the most commonly collected form of assistance for disabled workers. To collect SSD benefits, you must have worked for at least five out of the previous 10 years. In addition, dependents (e.g., spouses and children) of parents who qualify for SSD may also be eligible to collect benefits.
- Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits are available for disabled children ages 18 to 22 whose parents receive SSD or Social Security retirement benefits, or are deceased.
- Disabled Widow/Widower (DWB) benefits are available for individuals ages 50 and older who have lost their spouse (of at least 10 years) within the last seven years and developed a disability.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for U.S. Citizens who are blind, disabled or over the age of 65 and have limited incomes and resources.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Filing a Claim
The process for submitting a SSD benefits application can be discouraging. The SSA’s strict deadlines often result in applications being denied over minor issues, such as missed deadlines, paperwork errors, and other technicalities. Our lawyers can help ensure you meet all of the SSA’s requirements when filing your SSD claim.
If your disability prevents you from obtaining documentation for your claim (e.g. medical records and pay stubs), we can gather and submit these documents on your behalf. We can also track the progress of your claim. Often, when reviewing SSD applications, the SSA will request further information and/or documentation. We can communicate with the SSA on your behalf and make sure that your application is accurate and up-to-date.
Appealing a Denied Claim
Your SSD benefit claim may be denied for many reasons, including:
- Your income is too high;
- You failed to submit your medical records; or
- You missed an appointment with an SSA-approved doctor.
Just because your claim has been denied, however, does not mean you are not entitled to benefits. If your benefit application has been denied, there are several options available to you, and our lawyers can help walk you through the appeals process. First, our attorneys can submit a request for reconsideration of your application.
This request will be submitted within 60 days of receiving a decision letter from the SSA. If the SSA denies your claim again, our attorneys can request a hearing by an administrative law judge. During the hearing, we will represent you in court and may help substantiate your claims by calling witnesses to testify about your condition and the benefits you need to live a comfortable life.
If the administrative law judge also denies your claim, we can request to have the SSA’s appeals council look at your application. The council will either resolve your case or remand it to another administrative judge for review.
If your case is not chosen for review in front of a different administrative law judge or you disagree with the appeals council’s decision, our lawyers may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf seeking federal court-ordered benefits.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
At Morgan & Morgan, our lawyers will only receive a fee if your disability benefits application is approved or, in the event that you file a lawsuit, the case is resolved favorably.
To help ensure that disabled workers have affordable options for legal representation, the SSA regulates these fees and limits the amount attorneys can charge in representing SSD applicants.
If you are looking for a lawyer to help you file a Social Security disability claim or file an appeal, our Bowling Green social security disability attorneys may be able to help.
Fill out our free case evaluation form today to see if you could be entitled to benefits.