Little Rock Social Security Attorney
What Social Security programs are available?
At The Law Office of Mike Angel, one of the first services that I provide to you is straightforward and factual information regarding Social Security benefits. There are many myths surrounding Social Security that can confuse a person and make obtaining benefits difficult to do. For those who are qualified, there are two separate Social Security Administration programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, applies if you have been injured to the point of not being able to work at all. Social Security Income (SSI) is a monthly income provided to individuals that have reached the age of 65 or older, or are blind or disabled and who cannot qualify for SSDI. As a professional Little Rock Social Security disability lawyer, I can help determine if you eligible for these programs and explain the steps that must be taken in order to receive benefits. To get more information, call my and visit my pages below: do's & don'ts, am I eligible for benefits?, long term disability, LTD claim denied, life with a disability, pre-existing medical conditions, disability myths, denied veterans disability compensation, veterans pension, and why hire a disability insurance lawyer?
Disability Lawyer in Little Rock
The Social Security Administration has strict guidelines in regards to what "qualifies" as a disability. With so many SSD applications, it has become increasingly difficult for an injured person to reach a favorable outcome in the application process. You may be wondering how SSA defines disability or if your injury qualifies. In order for a person's injury to fit their strict definition of a "disability," it must meet the following guidelines:
- You are unable to perform your previous occupation;
- You cannot perform other work because of your medical condition; and
- Your medical condition either must last for a minimum of one year or it must be expected to last a year and/or result in death.
The Application Process
A widely-known fact is that getting approved for Social Security Disability is a long and drawn-out process. The last thing you would want to do is spend a lot of time pouring over paperwork and waiting, only to be denied over an administrative error on your behalf. One of the reasons that the process takes so long is because the Social Security Administration has had a significant amount of fraudulent claims in the past. Such claims have cost the SSA a great deal of money and time, exhausting their resources. For this reason, it is absolutely essential that you file your Social Security Claim properly without any errors if you want to have the greatest chances of getting your application approved.
The majority of all Social Security disability applications are denied, even in cases where the injured person has a strong case. In fact, the SSA may be so bold as to deny a valid claim in hopes that you will give up and fail to pursue an appeal. Since so many claims are denied at the initial stage, the SSA allows just 60 days for you to appeal their decision. Once you appeal, your claim will enter what is referred to as the Reconsideration stage of the process. Of those appeals in reconsideration, the SSA will reject more than 85% of them; however, you have the right to request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This hearing is extremely crucial to the outcome of your case and having a competent attorney can substantially increase your chances of being approved during this stage.
Nearly 75% of those who apply for Social Security benefits are denied the first time around. I've successfully worked in this field for over 2 decades and know why claims are so commonly turned down and what can be done to greatly decrease the chances of this happening to you. I work with you to gather all of the information the Social Security Administration needs to approve your claim and then ensure your claim is correctly filed.
If, for whatever reason, your claim is denied, there is a 4 step process that can be followed to appeal the denial. I am intimately familiar with each of these steps, how the process works and how to resolve a denial in a favorable manner. Those who come to me do so because they need help in life. I am proud to assist and use all of my resources and experience towards that goal.
Contact a Little Rock Social Security disability attorney to see if you qualify for the benefits you need.