You could face a long-term disability after a car accident, a serious medical condition after working in South Carolina’s agricultural industry, or another situation. If an injury or illness prevents you from working, you could receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.
When you work with a South Carolina SSD application process lawyer at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we can help you determine your eligibility for benefits and assist you with every step of your application. Our lawyers have helped many people in South Carolina prepare their claims for benefits.¹ We offer free consultations so you can learn more about the process.
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What to Know About the SSD Application Process in South Carolina
We will submit your application for benefits to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The application should include all necessary paperwork to prove your qualifications for benefits. We can ensure that you have completed all the necessary forms and have evidence for your claim.
Prepare Documents for Application
When you apply to the SSA for disability benefits, you will need to show that your disability is so serious that you cannot work. You will want to include as much evidence as possible to show the extent of your disability.
Relevant supporting evidence for your claim may include:
- Medical records
- Medical test results
- Details about your medications
- Notes from your doctor about your condition
- Notes from colleagues about your inability to work
- Records of your employment and missed time at work
In addition to these records, the SSA requires that you complete certain forms with your application. We can check to be sure that your paperwork is in order before you submit your claim.
How to Submit
You can submit your application form online through the SSA website or at your nearest Social Security office in South Carolina. Our team can also help you submit your claim.
How Your Application Is Reviewed By the SSA
It can take three to five months for the SSA to review your application. During this time, a local office will review the basic information provided in your claim. Then, your application will be reviewed by a state-level Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in South Carolina.
The DDS uses your own medical records to verify your eligibility. They could also seek out additional sources of evidence that you have a disability. The SSA’s Blue Book is the handbook used to determine if you have a qualifying disability.
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What to Do If Your Claim Is Denied
Do not give up if your claim is denied. It is all too common to receive an initial denial, and you have a chance at approval through the appeal process.
Our team can tell you more about the steps necessary for an appeal and how we can help you navigate them. Depending on how your case goes, you could progress through several levels of appeal, including:
- Appeals Council review
- Federal Court review
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How Our South Carolina Lawyers Can Help You Seek SSD benefits
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our lawyers can help you at any stage of your application process. You can contact our team if you are:
- Exploring whether or not you are eligible for benefits
- Preparing your application
- Ready to submit
- Waiting to hear back from the SSA
- Looking to understand the reason for a denial
Services Our Team Offers to Applicants
Our staff can help you with all the details of your initial application, reconsideration, and beyond. Your lawyer will:
- Review your application
- Help you prepare necessary paperwork
- Explain any reasons why your claim was denied
- Represent you in any hearings or court proceedings
- Advise you on all your options
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Types of Disability Benefits You Could Qualify For in South Carolina
You may be eligible for multiple types of disability benefits. We could help you understand all forms of compensation available if you have an impairment that prevents you from working.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
As a form of disability insurance, you can seek SSDI benefits if you paid into the Social Security system long enough through your income taxes. The SSA determines your eligibility based on:
- How long you worked (or the work credits you’ve earned)
- Whether or not you have a qualifying impairment
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI benefits are available to those with low incomes. This benefit provides cash assistance to help applicants meet basic expenses. The SSA will review your income to determine your eligibility. Your specific income requirements will be calculated based on where you live.
Additionally, you will need to show that you have a qualifying disability, are blind, or are over 65.
Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your SSD application
While our firm can help you with many aspects of your application, nothing is more important than the steps you take to document your disability.
Consider the following as you prepare your claim.
Get All the Medical Care You Need
If you had a serious injury or received a serious medical diagnosis, you likely got some form of initial treatment. You probably have some form of medical records to show that you have a disability, whether:
- An emergency room visit
- A visit with your general practitioner
- Initial diagnostic testing
However, you must get all the medical care you need. Follow your doctor’s advice if they recommend:
- Take certain medications
- Get certain lab work done
- Attend follow-up appointments
- Get physical therapy
- Get surgery
Getting this medical care is important for your health and your disability application, as documentation of your medical care shows the severity of your impairment. If you only have a couple of doctors’ visits within several months of missed work, the SSA will not have nearly as much evidence to approve your claim. If you attended an additional five or six recommended physical therapy appointments, our team would have more information to give the SSA.
Get Notes From Your Doctors About Your Inability to Work
When you go to the doctor, get notes from them that specifically comment on how your condition affects your ability to work. This will help the SSA understand that your condition is so serious that you could not (and will not be able to) work.
You can get your doctors’ comments about your disability to submit with your application for benefits, even if you have not yet done so already.
Get a Free Case Review From Our Team
We know the application process could pose many hurdles – and our South Carolina attorneys can help you through every step of your case. Getting a free case review can help you learn about all the ways our team can assist, no matter where you are in your SSD application process.
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You could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, so don’t miss out. A South Carolina SSD lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help with your application process.
Our attorneys know how to file your claim efficiently and avoid many common mistakes people make on their application forms—mistakes that could make the difference between acceptance and denial. Call us today for a free consultation and to learn more today: (888) 612-7001.
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