Filing Social Security Disability Claims

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As an insurance system run by the government, Social Security Disability is designed to help injured or disabled Americans across the country. This "safety net" can be a means of income for individuals who have suffered impairment to the point of being unable to work.

While many people assume that obtaining these benefits to cover their expenses is just a matter of filing paperwork, it is not always that simple. There are rigid guidelines that must be followed and specific proof that must be submitted when filing to demonstrate that your injury or illness qualifies. Not only that, but you must also have paid FICA while working for a minimum of 5 years prior to your disability and have worked for at least a total of 10 years in a majority of cases.

Do not hesitate to reach out to our Orlando SSD attorneys if your claim has been denied or you need assistance with filing. We are more than prepared to help!

How Disabilities Are Defined by the SSA

In order to be considered disabled, a person must meet certain requirements. According to the Social Security Administration, you cannot perform any "substantial gainful activity," which is considered any earnings over $1,000 in a month. Furthermore, your disability must be expected to last at least 12 months and be the result of some serious medical condition, whether physical or mental.

In order to prove your condition is debilitating, you must have proper medical data and documentation to submit. Also note, as mentioned above, you must qualify in regards to your working status, age, and past work.

Do I need a lawyer to help with filing?

The requirements surrounding these claims are so strict that around 70% of all initial claims are denied. While that can seem discouraging, the good news is that our Orlando SSD lawyers can help review your case prior to or after a denial and work towards securing the positive outcome you need. Our legal team knows how to effectively appeal these types of cases and can move quickly to contest your denial.

When you choose to retain us for your case, you get:

  • Insight from more than 25 years collective experience
  • Responsive communication and personalized support
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated™ team
  • Dedicated and incisive legal counsel at every turn

We can assess your case, determine why it was denied, and help you craft a compelling claim for the appeal in a short turn-around time. You can rest easy knowing our dedicated firm is on your case!

How much does getting a lawyer cost?

The Social Security Administration has strict rules on how lawyers may collect fees for handling Social Security cases. All agreements must be on a "contingency" basis, which just means that if we don't get benefits for you, we don't get paid. It's that simple – you don't pay anything up front. If we are successful in securing your benefits, we will receive 25% of the back benefits secured, up to a maximum cap of $6,000. These fees are withheld from your first check covering your back benefits and are handled directly by the Social Security Administration. For example, if we attend an appeal hearing on your behalf and the Judge determines that you are disabled and back benefits of $10,000 are awarded, then our fees would be $2,500. The remaining $7,500 would go to you (and you would continue to receive ongoing benefits normally). If we were unsuccessful at the hearing, you wouldn't owe us anything. That's a risk we take by agreeing to represent you.

Ready to pursue an appeal or file your initial SSD claim? Let our firm guide you through the process-fill out a free case evaluation today.

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