If a physical, mental, or emotional impairment keeps you from earning a living and making ends meet, a Social Security disability lawyer in Georgia from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help you get disability income. This may include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
You can focus on your health, and we will take care of the rest. Let our team review your circumstances and explain your options. If you already applied and received a denial from the Social Security Administration, we can navigate the appeals process on your behalf.
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Filing a Claim for Disability
If you suffer from a medical impairment that prevents you from working, our Georgia Social Security disability lawyers can help you prepare your paperwork and file your claim for disability. This includes ensuring you have the information that allows examiners from Georgia Disability Adjudication Services to get your medical records and obtain the evidence necessary to approve your claim..
Navigating the Social Security Disability Appeals Process
Often, clients call us after they receive a denial notice from the Social Security Administration. If you receive one of these notices, do not panic. You are not alone. In fact, the agency denies more than half of all initial applications for SSDI and SSI. We may be able to help you get this denial overturned by filing an appeal.
You only have a limited time to fight the denial, so give us a call as soon as possible after you get the notice. We can file your reconsideration and request an appeals hearing if necessary. As your Georgia Social Security disability attorneys, we will:
- Investigate your case to find out the reason behind your denial
- Collect evidence to prove you qualify for benefits
- Represent you to the Social Security Administration
- Fight for the retroactive and back pay due to you based on the facts of your case
- Represent you in your appeals hearing, if necessary
While the reconsideration stage is often unsuccessful, our clients often get approved for Social Security Disability during the next phase: the appeals hearing. We can also pursue additional options if necessary.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Payout
If your impairment stems from a personal injury accident, we can review your case and pursue compensation against the at-fault party if possible.
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Understanding Georgia Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security disability provides monthly cash payments for those who suffer from an impairment that prevents them from working and who meet other requirements. For many, this is the best way to make ends meet if they cannot return to work.
There are two programs associated with Social Security Disability:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance helps you pay your bills until you reach full retirement age and begin to draw Social Security retirement benefits. You may qualify for disability benefits if you have an established work history, paid into Social Security, and earned work credits recently enough.
While you need to have an earned income below the current substantial gainful activity limit to get approved, this program does not consider your total income as a factor for getting benefits. This means you can continue to make unearned income from investments and other sources.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income is a need-based benefits program for those with an extremely low household income and few assets. There are no work credit requirements, but the limits on income are very strict and consider all types.
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Getting Disability Benefits in Georgia
Getting disability benefits requires you to prove to the Social Security Administration that you suffer from an impairment that:
- Prevents you from working for a year or more; or
- Will likely prevent you from working for at least a year; or
- Will likely lead to your death
Our Social Security disability attorneys in Georgia can answer your questions about proving your impairment and providing the necessary evidence to support your claim. In general, there are two ways the Georgia Disability Adjudication Services examiner can prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment:
You Meet an Impairment Listing
The Social Security Administration publishes a list of qualifying impairments known as the Blue Book. When the disability examiner requests your medical records, they will look for laboratory test results, imaging scans, and other evidence to show you meet the criteria under the appropriate impairment.
Your Residual Functional Capacity
If you do not meet any impairment listing, you could still qualify based on your residual functional capacity (RFC) under Federal Code § 416.945. This evaluation will decide if you are able to work any job you might be able to get. If your RFC shows you cannot work, or cannot work enough to earn a gainful wage, Social Security will likely approve you for benefits.
The Georgia Disability Adjudication Services evaluates RFCs in three ways:
- A doctor who works for the agency evaluates your RFC based on your medical records;
- Your doctor evaluates your RFC based on their knowledge of your case; or
- You attend a consultative examination with a doctor paid by the Social Security Administration who evaluates your RFC
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Talk to a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Georgia
If you cannot work because of your disability, the team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you apply for Social Security Disability or fight a denial of your claim. We have offices in Augusta and Savannah to serve you.
Call a Social Security disability attorney in Georgia today or fill out our online form for your free case evaluation with a member of our team.
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