Social Security Disability provides payments and other benefits to individuals who have proven they are disabled and cannot work. While that might seem straightforward, obtaining benefits can be quite challenging. Fortunately, a Bowling Green social security attorney from Schaffer & Associates is here to help you secure the benefits you need to manage your medical costs and other expenses.
While you can pursue a Social Security Disability claim on your own, it is recommended you consider working with a well-versed legal team. Unfortunately, the federal government denies the majority of claims the first time. With a lawyer specializing in filing Social Security Disability claims, you can rest assured that nothing will jeopardize your claim and right to benefits.
Social Security Disability Services We Offer
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial relief to disabled Americans known as Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) and Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI). This federal program has stringent requirements in order to be approved. When you work with an attorney from Schaffer & Associates, we can help with the following:
- Eligibility requirements, including defining your disability, calculating your work credits, and ensuring you meet the eligibility requirements.
- Applying for Social Security Disability, including filling out the application, gathering requested materials, and guiding you through phone calls or in-person meetings.
- Social Security Disability appeals, including collecting applicable documentation, filing the appeal, and guiding you through the hearing.
- Disability benefits over 50, including assisting with the application process, evaluating vocational factors, and, if necessary, filing an appeal.
Working with a Bowling Green Social Security Disability can improve your chances of claim approval. We will guide you through the process to ensure nothing jeopardizes your claim.
What Is the Definition of Disability?
To qualify for benefits, a person’s disability must render them incapable of working for a year or more. Applicants must also be unable to adjust to other, less demanding, types of work. Very serious conditions are listed by the SSA in what is referred to as the Blue Book. If an applicant meets the listings for their diagnosis, they can more easily be approved for benefits. Attorneys at Schaffer & Associates can help you determine if you meet a listing. Even if you do not meet a listing, you can still qualify for benefits. We can help gather medical evidence and argue your case for the best chance of approval. Impairment listings in the Blue Book are separated into the following categories:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Special senses and speech
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
- Neurological disorders
- Mental disorders
- Cancer (malignant neoplastic disease)
- Immune system disorders
Obtaining a diagnosis and following through with treatment is crucial in getting SSDIB benefits. You will need to visit at least one medical professional regularly who documents the severity of your condition(s). You may need to undergo additional testing, or be asked to attend a consultative exam through SSA.
What Can You Expect When Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
If you have been catastrophically injured or suffer from a medical condition or disease that prevents you from working and earning a living, filing for SSD benefits can ensure your family has the money to continue paying the bills and put food on the table.
The earlier you retain a Bowling Green Social Security Disability attorney, the better chance you have of filing a successful application. Not only will your attorney closely evaluate your case to determine its strength before you file, but they will also help you gather the necessary documentation and evidence needed to prove your disability. In the event your application is denied, they will guide you through the appeals process.
In the event you have already been denied for SSDIB benefits, it is not too late to contact an attorney. They can walk you through the appeals process and explain what you need to do to improve your chances of being successful.
Additionally, you do not need to worry about paying for legal assistance out-of-pocket. At Schaffer & Associates, we operate on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay us unless your application is approved. If approved, your attorney will receive compensation from your backpay, capped at $7,200. The SSA will forward your attorney their payment, so you do not have to do anything.
Contact Schaffer & Associates
Our lawyers have extensive experience providing legal assistance to individuals seeking Social Security Disability benefits. We understand your rights under the Federal Social Security Act and are prepared to ensure they are upheld. Schaffer & Associates represents clients across Ohio from our Toledo office headquarters. The sooner you contact us in the filing process, the more time we will have to file the best claim possible on your behalf. To learn more, schedule a consultation with a Bowling Green Social Security Disability attorney today.