Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

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Anyone who’s tried to file for Social Security benefits can tell you that the process is complex and lengthy. All too often, the difficulties drag on for months simply because people do not understand precisely what is expected by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Whether you are just beginning the process, or you have received negative results after applying for these benefits, the experienced Social Security lawyers at our office can help.

Understanding the Benefits

The Social Security Administration offers benefits to support people who require additional support due to a disability.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to individuals who have paid Social Security taxes over time, and who have been unable to work for at least one year due to a physical or mental disability.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to individuals who have a disability and limited resources and income. Benefits are based on need, and may vary depending on changes to income, marital status, or other financial factors. Those with mental and/or physical limitations may be eligible for this benefit, regardless of age.

Filing the Claim

Our experienced team knows what the SSA is looking for as they consider applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We can ensure that your application is thorough and accurate, and is supplemented with the medical records and additional documentation necessary to meet the requirements of a successful application.

Filing a Request for Reconsideration

In the event your initial claim is denied, your legal team will not sit idly by. Instead, you can count on us to file a request for reconsideration of your application.

Administrative Hearing

If, once again, your application is not approved, we will move to get a hearing with an administrative law judge. There, your attorney will advocate for you, and present further evidence to support your claim.

Appeals Council

A negative outcome before the administrative law judge is not the end of the story when we are on your team. The next step is requesting for a review of your case before the Appeals Council.

Federal Court

The final step in the effort to secure benefits may take us to federal district court. There, your attorney will present a vigorous argument as to why you are entitled to receive these essential benefits.

Don’t go it Alone

The convoluted requirements and the pathway to success is always a challenge when dealing with a bureaucracy the size of the Social Security Administration. Whether you’re just beginning the process, or you are dealing with a denial, you can avoid many headaches simply by having an accomplished Social Security attorney from the offices of Derek L. Hall, PC on your side. Contact us in Jackson for a confidential consultation today.