Do you live in the Greenville area? Do you find yourself struggling with a disability – whether from an injury or an ongoing illness? Does your disability prevent you from working and earning an income as you did pre-injury or illness? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, because bills keep rolling in and life keeps moving on, despite the disability? Do you wonder if you might be entitled to Social Security disability benefits as a result of your condition? If so, you’ve arrived at the right spot.
At The Clauson Law Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced team of Greenville disability lawyers understands the law pertaining to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. We know that being disabled can leave you feeling as if you don’t know where to turn, or where to start.
Start with us. We’re here to help. Let’s take a look together at some helpful information as you consider the options you may have available when it comes to pursuing the benefits you need and deserve.
If you are disabled and you've lost your primary source of income because you can't work, chances are you are more than ready to get started with the process of applying for benefits. Many Greenville residents have done just that - and after receiving the benefits they needed, found that their financial stress was greatly relieved. Before doing so, however, it's essential to determine which type of benefits you might qualify for. To make that determination you will want to consider a few of the following factors:
Employment history: Did you work a job through which you paid taxes into the Social Security system? If so, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. The SSDI program is essentially an insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration, the funds for which are supplied by payments made by employees throughout their employment history. The government has certain requirements for length of time work and amounts paid into the system, so consulting with an attorney as to your circumstances is advised. If you did not work a job that paid into the Social Security system, and your income is below a certain level, applying for SSI benefits may be a better option.
Income and assets: Generally, receipt of SSDI benefits is not based upon the assets held by the recipient. While it is certainly a condition that the recipient is unable to work, other assets or resources generally are not considered. In order to receive SSI benefits, by contrast, the recipient’s income and resources must be below a certain threshold established by the government. Consulting with an attorney as to your particular situation is always essential.
Disability: For both SSI and SSDI benefits, the applicant must have a qualifying disability. Typically, to determine whether a physical or mental disability qualifies for receipt of benefits, the Social Security Administration will often rely upon medical records, physician opinions, and its “Blue Book,” which lists qualifying disabilities and their descriptions. Applicants must also be able to show that their disability is not temporary – that is, that it will last 12 months or more. For all of these reasons, putting the effort into gathering necessary medical records and proving your case as effectively impossible as possible will be important.
This is another question that we are frequently asked. After all, many disabled individuals who are unable to work want to save money wherever they can. That’s only reasonable. One area where you definitely don’t want to cut yourself short, however, is hiring a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who can help you through the process of applying for benefits.
Here are a few things that attorneys can be quite helpful with:
Gathering and organizing evidence: As with any legal matter, the process of applying for SSDI or SSI benefits will require evidence and proof. You'll need to gather and organize a good number of records including medical records, records about your employment history, records of your assets and income, and more. A talented and experienced Greenville disability lawyer will be able to help you identify the documentation you need and prepare it in the best and most effective way possible.
Crafting excellent legal strategies: It's worth repeating the fact that the process of applying for Social Security benefits is a legal process just like any other. As a result, legal strategy will be an important component of that process. An attorney who knows and understands the law can assess your particular circumstances and give you advice as to putting your best legal foot forward to seek the maximum amount of benefits you may be entitled to.
Appealing a denial of benefits: Before applying for Social Security benefits, many people don't realize that quite frequently, applications are denied the first time they are submitted. This doesn't mean that an application will never be approved, or that a disability isn't worthy of benefits. It's simply the way the process often works. When and if your application is denied, you will likely want to appeal that denial. Having a talented and experienced attorney help you through the appeals process will be essential to saving money, reducing stress, and increasing your chances of success.
These are only a few reasons of many, but hiring the right team of disability lawyers is important. You deserve the best - and that’s why you should choose the best. At The Clauson Law Firm, we’re here for you.
The Clauson Law Firm – Your Greenville Disability Lawyers
If you live in the Greenville community and you are disabled and unable to work, you shouldn’t struggle alone. You don’t have to, and you deserve help. At The Clauson Law Firm, our dedicated team of Greenville disability lawyers is here to provide that help. We understand the law pertaining to applying for SSDI and SSI benefits. Wherever you are in the process, from application to appeals, we’ll provide the excellent representation you need and deserve. The law can be complicated – but we’re here to make a complicated process easier. We would be honored to fight for you, and we’re ready to get started. Give us a call today. We’d love to learn your story and let you know how we might be able to help. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
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