Liberty County Social Security Claims Lawyers
Working to Help You Obtain the Benefits You Need
Most claimants who apply for federal disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA) will get a denial. This occurs at the initial claims stage. It can also occur when asking the SSA to reconsider. The rules and regulations under which such claims are made can be very complex and demanding. Hiring an attorney who is experienced in filing your claim with the appropriate backup evidence or developing your case for an appeal then becomes an important and vital task.
If you need legal assistance at the initial phase of your disability claim or when appealing a denial, you can turn to Pirkle & Pirkle Law. Our firm has a longstanding and successful history of providing skilled and caring legal assistance and support to the disabled in our community. We are proud of the service we have given in helping our clients navigate the complicated and challenging system of seeking and obtaining SSA federal benefits.
Need to apply? Turned down? Contact a Liberty County Social Security claims attorney to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Social Security Disability Benefits
Under the SSA, two disability programs provide monthly benefits for those who are unable to work due to a mental or physical disability. These programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs are separate and distinct. SSDI has been created to benefit those individuals who have worked for a certain number of years and paid into the system. These are individuals who now find themselves unable to continue with employment.
Eligibility for SSDI is based on the following:
- Your disability prevents you from doing the kind of work you did before
- You are not able to take on other kinds of work due to your disability
- Your disability has lasted a year or is expected to last for at least a year or result in death
Much of what the SSA looks at in any application is whether or not you can continue with some kind of work. You may have a valid disability but if you can still hold a job, you will likely be denied.
Many physical and mental disorders will qualify an individual for SSDI, such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, joint problems, disc herniations, and more
- Endocrine system impairments, such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, kidney disease
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, endometriosis, Grave’s disease, and more
- Cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, and more
- Neurological system impairments, such as strokes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Lyme disease, and more
- Digestive system impairments, such as ulcers, hepatitis, liver disease, Crohn’s disease, and more
- Mental disorders, such as bipolar and depression
- Hearing impairment
- Respiratory diseases, such as COPD, asthma, emphysema, and more
- Vision impairment, such as legal blindness, macular degeneration, and more
- Anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, and more
- Blood problems, such as leukemia, and more
- Various forms of cancer
- HIV and AIDS
- Mental illnesses
Backing up your claim with appropriate medical evidence is crucial to success. At Pirkle & Pirkle Law, we know what is needed from your doctors in terms of reports, lab work, and other diagnostics. We know what to ask your doctor and how to follow up on the often enormous amount of documentation needed to get results. It will be important for the SSA to understand how your disability affects your everyday life and ability to function.
Appearing at claims’ appeals hearings can be an intimidating experience. Our Social Security attorneys in Liberty County can represent you at such hearings to put forth all of the necessary evidence and information needed to help you prevail.
Types of Social Security Benefits
Social Security benefits are categorized into four basic types. They include the following:
Retirement: The most common type of Social Security benefits, available individuals that are aged 62 or above. The amount depends on your previous income. It can help you avoid debt after retirement.
Disability: Supports individuals with disabilities that cannot work. You will need to work a certain number of years in order to qualify.
Survivor: Can help with financial hardships for survivors of workers or retirees. Eligible individuals include widows/widowers, divorcees and children.
Supplemental Security Income: Helps individuals that are unable to earn needed wages by themselves. Disabled adults/children and people aged 65 or older are eligible for this benefit.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a program that provides assistance to low-income individuals who have little to no resources. These are often people who have never been able to be part of the work force due to their disability. Under SSI, a monthly payment is provided to help the person obtain the basics of food, shelter, and clothing. This program calls for strict eligibility requirements including income levels.
If you or someone you know needs help seeking SSI benefits, we urge you to take advantage of our decades of experience in handling SSA applications, denials, and appeals.
Contact the Liberty County Social Security claims attorneys online at Pirkle & Pirkle Law. Social Security claims are handled on a contingency fee basis.
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