If you are a disabled resident of Laurens, South Carolina, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, depending on many factors involved with your condition. These can include:
- Your prognosis
- Your ability to earn a certain amount of income
- How much pain you are in
- The cause of your disability
- The status of your Social Security Disability claim for benefits
Speak with a team member from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today and find out how a Laurens Social Security disability attorney may be able to help you. We can walk you through your options for pursuing SSD benefits.
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About Your Potential Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that additional people can benefit from SSD payments approved for one individual. Family benefits can extend to spouses, former spouses, children, disabled children, and adult children who became disabled before age 22.
To secure benefits of this kind, you may need to provide the following documents for your family members:
- Birth certificates
- Social Security numbers
- Records of past and current marriages (and any divorces)
Your family may be able to receive a total of between 150% and 180% of your benefits. You can possibly earn Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits at once, as long as your total income remains below the minimum earning number to collect the benefits.
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If You Want to Appeal a Claim Denial
If you are denied in your initial application for SSD benefits, you will have 60 days to respond to the denial letter that SSA sends you. You can appeal a decision by going to the SSA website or working with a legal representative (who can be a Social Security Disability lawyer in Laurens). There are several steps to take after you get a denial.
Requesting a Reconsideration
A reconsideration will be your opportunity to provide any information you did not give the SSA with your original claim application. You could also clear up any confusion, strengthen your case with new testimony, or correct a form. A person who was not involved with your original claim will be the one who reviews your claim for the second time.
Requesting an Administrative Law Judge Review
If you are denied a second time during the reconsideration stage, you could ask for an Administrative Law Judge review, where a judge reviews your case. You may have the option of a video hearing, or you may attend the review in person.
Requesting an Appeals Council Review
If your Administrative Law Judge hearing is unsuccessful, the Appeals Council can take a look at your claim to determine if you are eligible for benefits. Your claim may be denied if the Appeals Council agrees with the determination made by the Administrative Law Judge.
Federal Court Review
If you are still denied benefits following an Appeals Council review, you may file a civil lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to reverse that decision.
Your lawyer can stand with you while you fight for benefits. We are professionals and are well aware of how the Social Security disability system works.
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Reasons Claims Get Denied
There are many reasons why you could have received a denial, including:
- A mistake on your application
- The SSA decided that your disability does not prevent you from working to support yourself
- The SSA wrongfully denied your claim
We have helped others with appeals before. We know what to look for. Let us run through the list of things we know might help your claim to make sure we do not forget anything.
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Requirements To Receive SSD Benefits
There are two types of SSD benefits: SSDI and SSI. You could collect SSDI if you worked for a certain amount of time while paying into Social Security. There are certain people who cannot collect these benefits, however.
Your legal team can inform you if you are among this group. You have to be able to prove that you cannot work for at least a year, or that your condition will likely result in death.
Those who can collect SSI have a limited income and cannot work to support themselves fully. Your Social Security disability lawyer in Laurens can look at what your finances and physical ability may mean for you in regard to Social Security benefits.
How a Lawyer May Be Able to Help You Secure Benefits
The process of fighting for SSD benefits can be daunting, especially if you have never done anything like this before. However, you do not have to tackle this all by yourself. A lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help you.
We have helped many South Carolinians with similar claims and secured benefits for them. We may be able to do the following:
- Explain the system to you
- Protect your rights throughout the process
- File all paperwork for you
- Help you gather all supporting evidence for your testimony
What You Can Do for Your Claim Application or Appeal
You can help your lawyer helpyou by compiling all the evidence available to you. You may want to get your hands on:
- Written testimony about how your condition affects your daily life
- Written testimony from your friends and doctors
- Receipts for all medical attention, mobility devices, and prescriptions
- Pay stubs
- Photos and videos of your injury
Our Team May Be Able to Help You
Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to talk to a team member. We can help you figure out what you may want to do. Reach out to us by phone or online so that a Laurens Social Security disability lawyer from our team can start working for you.
Our knowledge is due to decades helping our community via personal injury claims and lawsuits. Let us help your family, too. You only have to focus on getting better. We can take care of everything else.
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