SSD Lawyers in Fayetteville, N.C. Assisting Clients With Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits
If you have previously been denied Social Security disability benefits or are in the process of applying for benefits, it is in your best interests to hire an experienced disability lawyer. If your application has been denied, you will need an attorney to assist you with the appeals process. If you are applying for the first time, the application process can be very lengthy and overly confusing to try and complete on your own. However, having a knowledgeable social security disability lawyer on your side can significantly increase your chances of obtaining the SSDI benefits you need to go on with your life.
Brent Adams & Associates of Fayetteville, N.C., has a proven track record of being able to help Social Security disability claimants by advocating on their behalf to obtain the benefits they deserve. Contact our law firm and ask to schedule a free consultation. One of our Social Security disability lawyers will gladly sit down with you, answer your questions, and explain your legal options.
What is the Difference Between SSDI Benefits and SSI Benefits?
Many individuals applying for benefits mistakenly believe that Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) are the same as Supplemental Security income benefits (SSI). However, even though both of these programs are administered through the Social Security Administration, the qualifications for both vary greatly.
SSDI benefits are granted to individuals with a disabling medical condition and qualifying work history. In addition, a claimant may be qualified to receive benefits based on their employment or through that of a spouse or parent.
Alternatively, SSI benefits are given to individuals with no qualifying work history but who meet the requirements to be considered disabled. In addition, to qualify for SSI benefits, you must successfully demonstrate that you have limited income and few financial resources at your disposal.
If you still have questions regarding the difference between these two types of Social Security programs and which you may qualify for, contact our law office and ask to schedule an appointment with a Social Security disability lawyer who can assist you with determining which program would best suit your circumstances.
How Does the Social Security Disability Appeals Process Work?
Typically, a large majority of initial applications
If your initial application for SSI or SSDI benefits has been denied, you have the legal right to appeal the decision. Once you file an appeal, the process is as follows:
- Reconsideration: During the reconsideration level of the appeals process, a request is made to reconsider the initial denial of benefits. During this phase, medical professionals will review your case by evaluating your medical records and any other information that pertains to your disability claim.
- Administrative law judge hearing: If your request to reconsider your SSDI or SSI application is denied, the next step is to have a hearing before an administrative law judge. This request must be made within 60 days of your reconsideration appeal being denied. The judge who hears your case can decide to uphold or overturn the original decision regarding your claim.
- Appeals Council: If an administrative law judge denies your claim, the next step of the appeals process is requesting that the Appeals Council review your disability case. However, the Appeals Council has the legal right to select the cases it chooses to review. As a result, they may deny your request if they feel that that denial of your claim was appropriate.
- Federal court: If the Appeals Council denies the request to review your denied claim, or you want to appeal the decision they made, the final stage of the appeals process is to file a lawsuit to have your case heard in federal district court. At this point, your claim will be reviewed by a federal court judge, who will make the final decision regarding your benefits.
It is in your best interests to have a highly trained attorney who understands the complexities of Social Security disability law working with you to ensure that you are prepared for each stage you may have to go through to obtain benefits.
What Types of Disabilities Are Usually Approved For Social Security Benefits?
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have a qualifying medical condition or injury that meets the SSA’s definition of being disabled. In addition, claimants are also required to submit medical evidence that supports their claim.
Some of the most common types of disabilities the SSA approves include:
- Mental disorders
- Morbid obesity
- Chronic heart disease
- Neck and back injuries
- Seizure disorders
- Neurological disorders
How Can Your Law Firm Help Me With Social Security Claims?
Brent Adams & Associates of Fayetteville, N.C., has successfully represented hundreds of clients in all types of disability cases. Our disability lawyers have extensive experience assisting clients in all phases of the application process and representing those who have been unable to obtain benefits.
Our legal team understands that this is an overwhelming time for you and those who have provided support since you became disabled. Therefore, we strive to treat each client with the care and compassion they deserve. As a result, we make it our mission to work hard to obtain either Social Security Disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits for our clients, depending on their unique situations.
One of our Social Security gladly sits down with you. It reviews your medical records and any other information that may pertain to your disability so that we may better serve you. Contact our law office by calling 910-249-4295 and asking to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.