Improve Your SSDI Application With Legal Help
The large majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are initially denied and require an appeal to have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. It is imperative to work with an experienced firm that has a high level of success in these claims as our firm has over many years. The hiring of an experienced SSDI lawyer can drastically increase the chances of your benefits being approved. You will only be charged if your case is successful. Social Security must approve all attorneys fees and the fee is 25% of your back benefits with a maximum of $6000 plus any expenses incurred.
About Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI is a public benefits program that provides income to those who have recently become disabled and are no longer able to work. To qualify, you must have had recent work history that is long enough to have paid a sufficient amount of Social Security taxes on your earnings. You cannot qualify for SSDI while you are still working. Most claims involve people who cannot work at all. As an experienced firm that has handled thousands of claims, we will look to make sure that you are able to qualify for benefits while seeking maximum compensation.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict requirements that must be met in order to be considered disabled and therefore eligible for SSDI benefits. For example:
- If your average monthly earnings are more than $1,260.00 per month, the SSA will generally not consider you disabled.
- Your disability must significantly limit your ability to do basic tasks such as sitting, walking, standing, lifting, or remembering for a period of at least 12 months.
- Your disability must prevent you from doing the work you have done previously and there is no other work that you are able to do.
Ultimately, the SSA will make a specific determination in your case as to whether you qualify. They will determine whether you are disabled. The Social Security Administration also maintains an extensive list of qualifying disabilities organized by each of the major systems. If your condition is not found on the list, you may still qualify for benefits, but it can be more difficult for the applicant. The bottom line is that the SSA may deny your benefits despite the fact that you are disabled and unable to work. Our team at Axelson, Williamowsky, Bender & Fishman will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
- If you are disabled before age 24, you must have earned at least 6 credits in the previous three years from the time you became disabled.
- If you are disabled between the ages of 24 and 31, you may be able to qualify if you have been working for half the time between age 21 and the time you became disabled.
- If you are 31 or older when you become disabled, you need at least 20 credits in the 10-year period immediately prior to your disability.
As you can see, it’s difficult to understand how this may apply in your case. Here are some simplified examples that illustrate the general principles:
- If you are disabled at age 30, you generally need to have worked at least four years since turning 21.
- If you are disabled at age 44, you generally need to have worked at least five years in the last 10 years from the date of your disability.
- If disabled at age 52, you need to have worked at least five years in the previous 10 years from the date of your disability.
These are just general guidelines. If you’ve become disabled, an attorney can review your work history and determine whether you qualify for SSDI benefits.
Building Your Case for Social Security Disability/SSI Benefits
Hiring the right disability lawyer is essential to the success of your claim. We always begin by building a strong case for every client. Thanks to our many years of experience working on Social Security disability and SSI cases, we understand how to adequately prepare a case for a hearing, ask the right questions to your medical staff, and assist the judge in understanding the severity of your condition.
We only receive compensation when your claims are approved, so we work hard for every client. From following up on medical records to preparing your test results, doctor’s notes and hospital records so that they can be easily understood by the judge, our team will make sure your claim is properly taken care of.