Social Security Disability
Social Security is a federal system that provides benefits payments to retired and disabled persons, as well as the families of retired and disabled persons. While retirement claims are often cut and dry, disability claims can be thornier because disabilities are harder to document than age and employment status. This is especially true of disabilities caused by non-visible conditions such as chronic pain.
If you or a loved one suffers from a disability that makes it impossible to earn an income in South Dakota or Iowa, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSD or SSDI benefits. Whether you are just starting to file or you’ve already filed and have been wrongly denied, King Law Firm, P.C., can help you gather medical evidence, prepare you to testify at the hearing, and assist you at all stages of your claim in presenting your case to the Social Security Administration.
When To Hire A Social Security Lawyer
A lawyer can be a useful resource when you are trying to file any Social Security claim, but some cases are more complicated than others. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney will be especially helpful if:
- You are disabled by a combination of injuries, illnesses or both.
- You are over 50 and disabled.
- Your disability is caused by a condition that does not always cause a disability — for example, fibromyalgia.
- Your disability is caused by pain, fatigue or another physical condition that is not plainly visible such as chronic pain or fatigue.
- Your condition is caused by a mental or emotional disability.
Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability
Here at King Law Firm, P.C., we strive to help our clients understand their case and provide them with answers to their questions. Here are a few that might help you.
What is the difference between SSI and SSDI benefits?
Both are disability programs that you can apply for through the Social Security Administration. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program, but Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is not. You may be eligible to file for one or both programs.
Do I need a Social Security Disability attorney to file a claim?
You are not required to have one. However, the Social Security Disability application process can be quite difficult. There are a lot of confusing questions that can lead to a denied claim if you answer them incorrectly. A Social Security Disability attorney from our office can be by your side during the application process and ensure there are no missteps along the way.
Who can apply for Social Security Disability benefits?
Anyone who is suffering from medical conditions that affect their ability to work can apply for SSDI or SSI. People qualify with conditions like chronic pain, heart failure, hearing or vision loss, fatigue, liver damage, depression, migraines, anxiety, PTSD and other disorders. Your disability has to either have lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months to qualify.
Can I receive Social Security Disability benefits if I have a mental health condition?
People with mental health conditions can also apply for Social Security Disability benefits. People with autism, schizophrenia, trauma-related disorders or neurological disorders may experience depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD and ADHD. These conditions can affect people’s ability to eat, sleep and function in society just as much as other disabilities.
Can I appeal if my Social Security application is denied?
We understand just how important it is for you to get Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, many people come to us because their Social Security Disability benefits applications were denied. An application could be denied for just about anything, even a small mistake. A Social Security Disability attorney can help you understand the reasons for a denied claim and file your appeal. Just be careful to make certain that you act within the time frame specified in your denial letter.
Tell Us About Your Case
King Law Firm, P.C., has considerable experience helping clients obtain the Social Security benefits to which they’re entitled. To schedule a free consultation in Sioux Falls, contact King Law Firm, P.C., at 855-201-0098.