You may want to retain the services of a Lexington Social Security disability attorney if you want to apply for or appeal a decision regarding your Social Security Disability (SSD) compensation. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are on your side.
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How Your SSD Benefits Are Determined
To earn Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you have to have worked long enough at a job that pays into the program. The American Associates of Retired Persons (AARP) reports that while most industries and employers do so, the following do not:
- Some government employees
- Railroad employees
- Foreign nationals
If you are eligible, you could earn monthly benefits. In order to be eligible, you must have a diagnosed condition that is predicted by a medical professional to impact you for at least a year or result in death, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The other SSD benefits you may be eligible to receive would be Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which require you to be blind, disabled, and/or over the age of 65 and have limited income and resources. Your lawyer can help you determine if you are likely to be ruled as eligible or not (and which type of benefits you may receive).
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When Your Claim Is Denied
You have 60 days to request an appeal after you receive the denial letter in the mail, according to SSA. The types of appeals you have at your disposal include:
- Administrative Law Judge hearing
- Appeals Council review
- Federal court review
These processes can include you adding additional information to your application (like photos of your injuries), a higher-level reviewer studying your case, or a court date in front of a judge.
This may seem scary, but your lawyer will be by your side the whole time. You are not legally obligated to retain legal representation during the appeals process, but doing so may free up your time and energy. We will work on your behalf to secure you your benefits. You can stay home and rest.
How to Appeal Your Denial
TheSSA reports that you can call them and request the necessary form to file your appeal or that you can complete the process online and upload all your supplementary documents. You do not have to do this alone, however.
You can appoint a representative to help you. This person can be a Social Security disability lawyer in Lexington. When filing an initial claim or appeal, you can include:
- Photos of your disabling injury or condition
- Medical documents
- Doctors’ testimonies to your condition and health
- Pay stubs
- Your written experience of living day-to-day with your injury
Your lawyer can tell you what else may be beneficial to your claim. Our team knows what pieces of evidence could add to your claim. There is a chance that you do not have any idea what you may be able to do to strengthen your claim. We can help you figure this out.
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You May Be Able to Work and Earn Benefits
Your condition may prevent you from working, which can make it difficult to pay for legal representation upfront. However, you can still work while collecting SSDI benefits (at least for a time).
The SSA states that you could find employment through the Ticket to Work Program. You can continue to collect benefits until you earn more than what would make you eligible for said benefits. At this point, your benefits would cease.
If you want to continue earning benefits, you can request that your benefits start again. While the SSA evaluates your request, you may be able to receive temporary benefits for up to six months.
If you have any questions about this, we can discuss whether you could work, how that may affect your benefits, and what you would need to do.
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Wants to Help You Secure Benefits
Our firm helps people injured in car accidents, slip and falls, work accidents, and by defective products. If you suffered any of these (or other accidents) in your daily life or while in military service, we may be able to help you too.
We may be able to do the following:
- Help you understand the Social Security system
- Help you apply or appeal for benefits
- Represent you at any hearings or meetings with the SSA
- Help you understand the benefits you may be eligible to receive
- Collect evidence that attests to the severity and reality of your condition
- Utilize our resources and network of professional experts to support your testimony
Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to see how a Lexington Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you. We have spent decades helping South Carolinians pursue damages after car accidents and slip and falls.
We have helped other people secure SSD benefits. We want to help you too. Our team cannot get started until you reach out to us. A member of our team can answer your questions in a free case evaluation.
You Do Not Have to Worry About Upfront Payments
Our firm operates on a contingency-fee basis, so you will not have to worry about finding a way to pay us when you first speak with us. We do not ask for attorney’s fees until we succeed on your behalf.
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