You’ve suffered a debilitating injury or illness, and instead of getting the Social Security benefits you deserve, the administration is forcing you to jump through hoops to prove that you are truly disabled. Unfortunately, this is the case for a good majority of disability applicants. Disability is defined as a medical condition that limits one’s ability to work for at least a year.
To avoid paying out benefits to those who are trying to take advantage of the system, the government sets forth very stringent qualifications for disability with strict standards of proof. For many injured workers, this means being denied the money that should be rightfully theirs. Or it can mean a long appeal process that puts them in a tough financial situation while waiting for benefit approval.
To be eligible for disability benefits, you must be fully disabled with a condition that is considered long-term. You must meet earning requirements and other conditions set forth by the Social Security Administration. Are you confused about the disability requirements and the Social Security application or appeals process? You're not alone, and our Birmingham lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help. Please call 256-547-4988 to speak with an attorney at The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C., for free today.
We Know the System
Talk to an experienced disability attorney who can help you navigate this convoluted system. In some cases, the state needs additional medical evidence of your disability before you are approved. Our team will go evaluate medical records and talk to medical experts about your disability. We’ll interview any physicians, emergency room doctors, surgeons, or therapists who have treated you.
You may need additional exams or testing in order to provide evidence that strengthens your claim of disability. We’ll take an in-depth look at your condition and crosscheck the details with Social Security disability requirements. We’ll take a look at your work history, scope of work and work-related activities to show that you clearly qualify as disabled under the current system. After we present the evidence, it is up to the State of Alabama to approve or deny your claim for benefits.
To achieve eligibility, your condition must be severe enough that it prevents you from carrying out the duties of your current position. You must also demonstrate that you have worked long enough under Social Security. See the SSA’s Electronic Booklet for rules and requirements and a list of impairments.
Don’t delay — hire an experienced attorney today to help you get the benefits you deserve. If approved, your first Social Security disability benefits will be paid for the sixth full month after the date your disability began. Lawyers at The Shelnutt Law Firm are waiting for your call 256-547-4988, or you can reach us online through our contact form.