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Social Security Disability Insurance Claim - Legal Help
Our Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys are experienced in either helping you file an initial claim or appealing a denied benefit claim for SSD. Please contact Parker Waichman LLP by completing the form on the right or call us today at 1-800-SSD-0000 (1-800-773-0000) for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced SSD lawyers.
Parker Waichman LLP is an experienced Social Security Disability Insurance law firm that works with clients across the United States to help them get their SSD benefit claims approved. Our Social Security attorneys can help our clients determine if they are eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD). Our attorneys will file all of the necessary paperwork and complete the social security disability forms. If you have filed an SSD claim and have been denied or you are unsure about where to begin filing or how to complete the necessary forms, we urge you to contact our Social Security Disability Insurance lawyers today for a free case evaluation by completing the form on the right or call us at 1-800-SSD-0000 (1-800-773-0000).
Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI) is a taxpayer funded, federal insurance program of the United States government managed by the Social Security Administration. It is designed to provide income to individuals who are physically restricted in their ability to work due to a disability, usually physical. SSD is supplied on either a temporary or permanent basis directly correlated as to whether someone's disability is temporary or permanent.
Social Security Disability Insurance Claim Benefit Legal Representation
Hiring a Social Security Disability attorney can assist applicants in their initial filing or to appeal a benefits claim that has been denied. According to an August 2010 report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, approximately 90% of SSD applicants hire an experienced SSD lawyer to appeal their denied benefits claim. Most Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants—Approximately 90 percent according to the SSA—have a disability representative for their appeal. Also in August 2010, a report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration indicated that many people submitting an initial disability application for SSD might benefit from using a third-party disability representative when they first apply for benefits. The report indicated that having a disability representative earlier in the process significantly improves the chances of those with four major types of disabilities getting approved for SSD.
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefit Qualifications
The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies a person as eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) if:
- The person has a physical or mental condition preventing them from engaging in any "substantial gainful activity" ("SGA") and the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
- The person is under the age of 65, and they have accumulated 20 social security credits in the last 10 years prior to the onset of disability. (normally four credits per full or partial year); one additional credit is required for every year by which the worker's age exceeds 42.
Medical evidence is classified as signs, symptoms and laboratory findings and are required to document the SSD claim. Symptoms, such as pain, are considered but must be reasonably expected to come from a medically determinable impairment which the claimant is diagnosed to have. The decision is based on a sequential evaluation of medical evidence. The sequence for adults is:
- 1. Is the claimant performing a Substantial Gainful Activity?
- 2. Is the claimant's impairment severe?
- 3. Does the impairment meet or equal the severity of impairments in the Listing of Impairments?
- 4. Is the claimant able to perform past work?
- 5. Is the claimant able to perform any work in the economy?
Medical evidence that demonstrates the applicant's inability to work is required. Each individual state's Disability Determination Services (DDS) department or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may also require a visit to a third-party physician for medical documentation. This is done to supplement the evidence treating sources do not supply. If the Social Security Disability applicant does not meet an SSA medical listing for their condition, their residual functional capacity is considered, along with their age. Additionally, past relevant work and education are used in determining the applicant's ability to perform either their past work, or other work generally available in the national economy.
For Veterans Benefits Claims - Legal Help
The Veteran Benefit lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are providing a free initial legal consultation to individuals whose applications for veterans’ benefits have been denied. If you or a loved one have received a denial from Veterans’ Affairs, we urge you to contact our office today to explore the legal remedies available to you.
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