Bradenton Social Security Disability Lawyers
Filing for Social Security Disability in Florida
Applying for Social Security Disability Income, or SSDI, can be confusing, but with the Bradenton SSD lawyers from Carlson, Meissner, Hart, and Hayslett P.A. on your side, the complex and often overwhelming process becomes easy. Everything we do is focused on obtaining the Social Security disability benefits you need. We have been assisting clients just like you for more than 45 years in Bradenton and throughout the Tampa Bay area.
How do you file for Social Security Disability (SSD)?
When looking to apply for Social Security disability or SSD, there are a few questions that you need to answer in order to understand if you qualify for SSD:
- Functional Limitations: Are medical records able to prove your physical or mental impairment?
- Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA): Are you, or were you, earning less than $1,090 a month? Applicants cannot be working above the SGA level when they apply for benefits, though some applicants continue a part-time position earning under the SGA level until they receive benefits.
- Residual Functional Capacity Assessment (RFC): This is how Social Security decides what kind of work, if any, a person can do based on an evaluation of physical and mental status.
- Medical Vocational Decision: Based on the RFC, Social Security decides if the applicant can go back to their previous job or qualify for any new jobs or if they can be expected to learn another position.
Although you may apply for SSD online, it is not recommended, as 75% of claims are immediately denied. Most applicants receive notices of rejection, simply from a lack of understanding the system. That is where we come in.
Disorders and disabilities that qualify for SSD
There are multiple physical and mental disabilities that can leave an applicant unable to earn a living. The Social Security Administration’s impairment listing manual, also called the Blue Book, has an updated list of impairments that automatically qualify for SSD. Some of the more common impairments and disorders include:
- Autoimmune disorders: Lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS) or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cardiovascular: Excessively high blood pressure, coronary artery disease or heart failure.
- Digestive tract disorders: Crohn’s, liver disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gout, or ulcerative colitis.
- Genitourinary: Kidney failure and interstitial cystitis.
- Respiratory illness: Sleep pnea, COPD, emphysema or asthma.
- Multiple body systemic disorders and diseases: Lyme disease, cancer, Sjogren’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome or HIV/AIDS.
- Bone, joint and tissue: Scoliosis and other spinal disorders, fibromyalgia, ruptured disc, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, carpal tunnel or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
- Perceptive, psychological and psychiatric: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and panic attacks, autism/Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), organic brain syndrome or schizophrenia, as well as cases of blindness or loss of vision and hearing loss.
- Neurological: Parkinson’s or epilepsy
Some conditions may not match the above criteria specifically, but may still be approved as a legitimate disability.
What happens if my claim is denied?
There is around a 25% chance that your claim will be accepted upon filing initially. The rigorous application process is time consuming and intricate, and requires the assembly of many important documents of evidence. If a notice of denial has been given, it will be necessary to follow-up with a formal appeal. The benefits of hiring our skilled Bradenton Social Security disability lawyers greatly increase your chance of obtaining the SSD benefits you need.
The most common reasons for denial are:
- Inadequate preparation of medical records
- A lack of evidence of work history
- A failure to comply with Social Security administrator’s instructions or requirements
- A refusal to comply with recommended treatment by your doctor that may enable the applicant to resume work
- Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
The benefits of using our Bradenton Social Security attorneys
Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, whenever you need us. Our team boasts Board Certified attorneys who have an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, This means our team has been reviewed and graded by peers with every aspect of professionalism and success, and have received the highest gold standard rating. And, we have more than 150 years of combined experience on your side. When handling your Social Security disability matter, rely on our attorneys to:
- Gather essential documentation
- Define your disability or disorder
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your case and look for ways to improve
- Fill and file official papers
- Lay out the case in a way that will appeal to the Social Security Examiner or Judge
- Communicate with officials on your behalf
Contact an experienced Bradenton Social Security disability lawyer today for help filing your SSD claim
The Social Security attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett, P.A. know that applying for SSD benefits can be a stressful process, but don’t be intimidated. Our lawyers have a wealth of knowledge, experience and a high success rate obtaining SSD benefits for people just like you. Call us today for your free consultation (941) 202-4600 or contact us online.