Social Security Disability Lawyers
Our qualified attorneys understand the importance and urgency of obtaining the Social Security disability benefits that you or your loved one is entitled to. It is not uncommon for Social Security disability applicants to be denied when initially applying for benefits. Our experienced team can help you navigate filing a claim for benefits for the first time or an appeal if your initial claim was denied by the Social Security Administration.
What Types of Benefits Exist?
Social Security Disability
- Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD or SSDI)
- SSD and SSI are the largest, most popular types of claims covering millions of adults nationwide. SSD applicants are eligible if they have worked five of the ten years before disabilities developed and SSDI benefits are paid based on financial need.
- Earned Enough Credits
- Became Disabled Before Credits Expired
- Income And Assets Limit Does Not Apply
Supplemental Security Income
- Children Under 18 Years Old
- Limit on Resources (No Income, No Assets)
Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Are you working?
- If you were recently working and your average earnings are below a certain amount each month, the Social Security Administration will further review your application and medical condition to see if you qualify for benefits.
Is your medical condition severe?
- The SSA considers a condition to be severe if it interferes with your basic work-related activities. Your medical condition must be Severe in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If it is, the SSA will move to Step 3.
Is your condition on the Social Security Administration’s List of Disabling Conditions?
- Find the SSA’s full List of Disabling Conditions HERE. If your condition is not included on the list that automatically qualifies for benefits, then the Social Security Administration will compare the severity of your impairment to those on the list and move on to Step 4.
Can you do the work you did previously?
- If your condition is severe, but not at the same level of severity as those conditions on the SSA’s List of Disabling Conditions, the SSA will determine if it interferes with your ability to perform the type of work that you used to do. If the SSA finds that your medical condition does in fact interfere with the work you did previously, they will proceed to Step 5.
Can you perform any other type of work?
- If you are unable to complete the work you previously did in the past due to your medical condition, the Social Security Administration will look to see if you are able to adjust to other work. Factors they take into consideration include your age, education, past work experience and any other transferable skills you may have. If you are physically unable to perform other types of work, the SSA will rule you “disabled.”
Let the Law Offices of Smith & Kurbatova put our experience to work for you. If you have questions about a Social Security disability claim, please call us today at (407) 477-4143 to schedule your consultation.