Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you meet certain qualifications.
Social Security Disability Claims & Appeals
If you are disabled and unable to work and lack the financial resources to provide for yourself, you may be entitled to benefits under the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Qualifying is not always easy, however, even if you are obviously disabled. As experienced Social Security Disability lawyers, The Harrington Law Firm may be able to help you obtain the benefits you deserve after your initial claim has been denied. To qualify for the program, your claim has to pass the strict review of the Social Security Administration. To prevent fraud, it rejects many initial SSD claims in its first review. Along with the few bad claims it receives, it throws out many good claims as well. Many SSD claims are approved on appeal, but to be successful, an appeal must be properly written, the language must conform to the government’s standards, and medical evidence must be carefully presented. If your claim has been rejected, we may be able to appeal the ruling and obtain the benefits you deserve and need.
You May Be Disabled and Not Know It It may seem difficult to believe, but many people who could be classified as disabled under the rules of the program do not realize they are disabled. A skin condition, an emotional or psychological problem, chronic heart disease, obesity, immune system disorder, or other physical problems may qualify you for the program. We May Be Able to Help You Qualify Even if you have been denied benefits, call the attorneys at The Harrington Law Firm for a free consultation. We can help you pursue an appeal to seek the benefits you need and deserve. Find out more about these related topics:
- SSD appeals
- Has your SSD claim been denied?
- Myths about SSD
For a free initial consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer in Natchitoches, Many or Leesville, call us or contact us online.
Social Security Disability Appeals
The process of applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can seem overwhelming. The majority of initial claims are denied, and the process of applying and appealing can take months. Adding to the frustration and confusion is the abundance of misinformation out there. That is why it is important to learn all you can about Social Security Disability benefits before you apply. Do not allow SSD misconceptions to get in the way. Schedule a consultation with a Louisiana SSD attorney from our firm today. Common SSD Myths
- I am not old enough to get SSD — Eligibility for SSD is determined by work history, not age (although older adults tend to have a longer work history than younger adults.) Even if you are in your 20s, you may still be eligible for SSD benefits.
- Proving a disability is too difficult — While significant medical documentation is needed to complete the application and appeals processes, successfully obtaining SSD benefits is not an impossible task. Working with an attorney who is experienced at handling SSD claims and appeals is critical, to ensure that the proper medical evidence is presented per the Social Security Administration’s requirements.
- I cannot get SSD benefits for a mental illness — A mental illness can affect your ability to work just like a physical disability can. SSD benefits may be available for people who have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
- My disability is temporary, therefore I will not qualify for SSD — If your disability or impairment lasts for 12 months or longer, you can qualify for SSD benefits, even if it is temporary.
- I don’t need a lawyer — Technically, you do not need a lawyer during the initial application or appeals process. However, the process is document-heavy, confusing and industry-specific, so having an attorney on your side may highly increase your chances of successfully obtaining SSD benefits.Learn more about seeking Social Security Disability benefits by contacting one of our experienced attorneys today.