Social Security Disability
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
To be eligible for Social Security Disability, you must have a physical or mental condition that limits your ability to perform substantial gainful activity. Substantial gainful activity means work. The condition must be expected to last or have already lasted 12 months, or result in your death. In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability, you must have a certain amount of work credits determined by your age and work history in the last 10 years. Generally, to meet the earnings requirements, you must have worked 5 years out of the last 10 before you became disabled. The earnings requirements for people under 31 are proportionately lower, so someone who is 23 may be eligible even if he or she has only worked a few years. Depending on financial need, you might also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How The Process Works
There is a very small percentage of claims that are resolved at the initial level or reconsideration level. Most claims are heard by an administrative law judge. Our attorneys will be there to represent you at your hearing. Our attorneys are familiar with the rules, regulations and listings of impairments, and what is needed to prove your disability.
In almost all cases an attorney will be unable to speed up the process of your claim. However, our office works diligently in handling any appeals and obtaining the necessary information to prove your claim as quickly as possible.
Our office will work directly with Social Security on your behalf. We will request necessary reports, records and statements from your treating doctors. We will review your medical records thoroughly and file them with Social Security. Our office is familiar with the necessary paperwork needed for your claim and will file it in a timely manner. We will prepare your case for hearing and represent you at that hearing. We do everything within our power to ensure your claim’s success.
When Should I Apply For Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability Insurance can be retroactive one year from the date you apply. SSI benefits begin the first full calendar month after you apply. You should apply as soon as you know that your condition is going to last for at least a year and will prevent you from working.
What If You’re Denied For Social Security Disability Due To Work Credits
There may be hope; you may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a supplemental program for individuals who have not worked enough in the last 10 years to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSI is also available for children (that is, individuals younger than 18 years old). SSI is based on monthly income and assets for you and your spouse.
Contact A Lawyer
If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, contact our Paducah, Kentucky, law office today. We’ll prepare all of your Social Security Disability paperwork and will do everything to ensure your claim’s success. Call us at 270-442-9000 or send us an email to get in touch.