Have you been diagnosed with a disabling condition by a doctor? Are you unable to work due to a physical or mental condition or a combination of factors that affect you in a way that interferes with your ability to make an income? You may be able to collect disability benefits from Social Security, a program of our U.S. federal government, while you are recovering from an illness or injury, or for your lifetime if you are permanently disabled. These benefits are a protection that is offered to persons who are unable to earn an income because of their disabling health condition.
HOW IT WORKS
When you work at your job earning wages, there are federal taxes taken out of your paycheck that automatically contribute to Social Security, as a sort of insurance plan for your future. Normally, this becomes income that you will collect from Social Security when you retire, but you can also collect it if you are unable to make a living for yourself due to a disability, whether on a short-term basis or long-term, permanent disability (until retirement age).
Another benefit offered to those who qualify is health insurance (SSDI). If you think you might qualify, the time to apply is when you become disabled.
Many people are denied benefits after their initial application for SS Disability. However, those decisions may be overturned after a full hearing in front of a SSA judge. Having a lawyer representing you at the initial stage of the application process may improve the likelihood your claim will be accepted. If you have already applied for benefits and were denied, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Social Security is a complex process to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the system, and especially so if you are trying to recover after an injury or medical procedure, or simply taking care of yourself while you are suffering from an illness. With legal assistance, you gain the ability to focus on maintaining your own daily routine, health and wellness.
THERE ARE NO FEES CHARGED TO YOU FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION WHEN YOU APPLY FOR BENEFITS
Attorneys are paid up to 25% of only the retroactive benefits that are due to the claimant, up to a maximum of $6,000—benefits that are owed from the time the disability began up to when the application is accepted. If the application is denied, then you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is highly recommended that you have an attorney present who can help with this complicated litigation process.
[In certain circumstances, if there are no retrievable retroactive benefits to be paid back to a claimant, which also pays the attorney for their work and time, an attorney’s fee may be requested at the start. For example, if you are already receiving benefits but SS is trying to terminate them.]
Please call to schedule a free consultation. There are no fees involved with this first step, and you will pay nothing out-of-pocket for legal representation.
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