Sarasota Social Security Disability Lawyers Overcome All Obstacles to Obtain SSD/SSI Benefits for You
Applying for Florida Social Security disability income can be a confusing and frustrating process
When you are disabled and can’t work, the strain on your finances can be overwhelming. Social Security Disability was created to provide disabled individuals with income that is vital to their continued financial stability. However, approximately 75% of the social security disability benefits claims in Florida are denied.
The Bradenton Social Security disability lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. know how difficult the process of obtaining Social Security Disability or Social Security Income can be. We pride ourselves on using our experience and knowledge of the system to advocate on behalf of our clients. We guide you through the process and fight for a positive outcome for you and your family.
Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is a federal government insurance system that provides benefits to individuals who become disabled and cannot work. To be eligible for SSD, you must:
- Have paid federal income tax (FICA) while working for at least 20 of the 40 quarters before you became disabled. If you do not have the required quarters, you still may be eligible for SSI.
- Be unable to perform “substantial gainful activity”, i.e., not more than $1,000 per month in earnings
- Have a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
- Have a disability that is deemed sufficiently severe to make you unable to work
Proper documentation of a disability can be proven by competent medical professionals and substantial medical evidence, such as medical reports from physicians or other medical professionals. Although there are various disabilities that may make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits vary, some examples are:
- Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis
- Heart conditions
- Spinal disorders
- Thyroid disorders
- Neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy
- Psychiatric conditions, e.g., bipolar disorder, depression, or autism
Our Bradenton SSD attorneys have extensive experience working with individuals with all types of disabilities who seek Social Security Disability. With more than 125 years of combined experience, you can trust our Social Security Disability lawyers to fight for the benefits you deserve.
My Social Security Disability claim was denied. Now what?
Unfortunately, Social Security Disability claims are often denied. After the initial denial, many individuals give up on their claims. With the help of our Sarasota social security disability attorneys, you can be successful in the appeals process. SSD claims can be denied for a number of reasons, including:
- Inadequate medical records
- Not enough work history to qualify for benefits
- A determination that drug or alcohol addiction is material to one’s disability
- Failure to comply with Social Security’s administrative requirements
- Refusal to undergo recommended treatment of doctor, if that treatment may allow the applicant to return to work
If your claim is denied, there are four levels of appeal:
- Reconsideration - The Social Security Administration reviews your claim. There may be a new medical examination required during reconsideration. About 25% of individuals receive benefits after reconsideration.
- Hearing - This is an appeal before an Administrative Law Judge. The waiting time for a hearing can be a year or more, but a Bradenton Social Security Disability attorney can evaluate if you are eligible for the Compassionate Allowance program, which expedites claims for individuals with certain disabilities. Time is of the essence, because there is usually only a 60 day period between the denial of a claim and when you may request a hearing.
- Review by the Appeals Council – A group of judges in Washington, D.C. reviews the Administrative Law Judge’s decision.
- Federal court review – If the Appeals Council denies your claim, you can appeal to federal court. This is the last opportunity for review of a denied claim for Social Security Disability.
Contact our experienced Sarasota Social Security Disability lawyers today to fight for the Social Security benefits you deserve
The Bradenton Social Security attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. know that it often takes a fight to obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. With our experienced attorneys on your side, you won’t fight alone. Our attorneys know how to navigate the hearing process, and the appeals process and are prepared to bring a vigorous claim through the appeals process with success. We offer a free consultation, so contact us today by telephone at 941-202-4600 or by online contact form to schedule an appointment with one of our SSD/SSI attorneys. Se habla español.
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