Social Security Disability
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If an injury or other medical impairment prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security benefits.
Disability is something most people don’t like to think about. But the chances of your becoming disabled are probably greater than you realize. In fact, studies show that one of four young workers will become disabled some time during his or her lifetime. It’s a fact that, while most people spend time working to succeed in their jobs and careers, few think about ensuring that they have a safety net to fall back on should the unthinkable happen. This is where Social Security comes in. Social Security pays cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.
Social Security pays disability benefits under two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The medical requirements for disability payments and the determination of an applicant’s disability are the same under both programs. While eligibility for Social Security disability is based on your prior work history, SSI disability payments are made on the basis of an applicant’s disability and financial need.
The process of determining disability begins when a person applies for SSDI or SSI disability payments at a Social Security Administration (SSA) field office, either in person or by phone. It involves a network of Federal, State, and local agencies and services and input from many segments of the health community. It also involves substantial input from beneficiary/support groups, particularly in expanding opportunities for disabled beneficiaries/to return to work.
If you are denied Social Security disability benefits you may request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ will hear your testimony and review your medical records. The ALJ could also request medical or vocational evidence in opposition to your claim.
If you believe you have a Social Security claim, it is important that you hire a lawyer experienced in handling Social Security cases. Most lawyers will be interested in representing you if they think you have a good case. However, choosing the right lawyer can mean the difference between winning and losing your claim.
The lawyer you choose should be a specialist whose practice primarily handles these cases. A lawyer who routinely handles criminal cases, divorces, wills, or has a general practice may not have the depth of experience needed to understand the complexity of a Social Security case.
As experienced Social Security disability lawyers, we have extensive knowledge of and experience with Social Security disability laws. Our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. We continually strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence in the representation of our clients through the use of our resources and experience.
The Ritchie Law Firm frequently hosts free Social Security disability seminars in the local communities which we serve. To register for an upcoming seminar or find out about the next seminar near you, call Michele at 1-800-277-6124.
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