St. Louis Social Security Disability
It can be difficult to make ends meet if you’re unable to work due to injury or illness. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to help by providing compensation to eligible applicants. There’s just one problem: Most SSDI applicants are initially denied, even if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Morgan & Morgan is here to help. Over the years, we’ve seen many applicants denied when they shouldn’t have been. If it happens to you, the Social Security attorneys at our St. Louis office may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Fill out a free, no-risk case evaluation to learn more.
How Does the SSA Define Disability?
The SSA offers 5 criteria to determine your eligibility. You must:
- Earn less than $1,260 per month (as of 2020)
- Have a restricted ability to perform basic work (walking, lifting)
- Have a condition listed on the SSA’s list of disabling medical conditions, or one that is comparable.
- Be unable to perform your previous work
- Be unable to secure gainful employment in another field/capacity
What Is the Appeals Process?
If your initial claim was denied, you still have the option to appeal. The appeals process is as follows:
Step 1: Reconsideration
The first step is to file a request for reconsideration to the SSA. This request is reviewed by a claims examiner who wasn’t involved in your initial denial to avoid bias in the final decision.
Step 2: Hearing
If the claims examiner again denies your claim, we can request a formal hearing before a judge. You may be asked to clarify the information included in your claim or present additional evidence at that time.
Step 3: Appeals Council
If the judge rules against you, we can request an appeal from the Social Security Appeals Council (SSAC). The council will either make a final determination on your case or move it to a judge for additional review.
Step 4: Federal Court
If the SSAC rules against you or decides not to review your case, we can file a lawsuit in federal court. We understand the price for pain is infinite, which is why we won’t settle for less than you deserve.
Why Morgan & Morgan?
Some personal injury firms are afraid to enter the courtroom, and many haven’t had a verdict in years. Not us. Rather than take the first offered settlement, our trial-ready attorneys will do whatever it takes to secure your rightful compensation. Insurance companies are aware of how relentlessly we fight for our clients and will offer larger settlements because they know we won’t back down. Best of all, our fees comes out of the settlement, not out of your pocket.
With over $9 billion won for our clients and an extensive network of resources at our disposal, you can rest easy knowing your case is in the best of hands.
Contact Our St. Louis Office
If you or a loved one have had their SSDI benefits incorrectly denied, contact our St. Louis office today. Complete a free case evaluation to get started.