Federal and state governments offer Social Security disability benefits to those suffering from severe physical disabilities, mental disabilities, or conditions that are expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, including heart failure, schizophrenia, and arthritis.
The process of filing for these benefits, however, can be a long and arduous one. Nearly all claimants are denied their first and second claims, with most having to appear before an administrative law judge to get approval. This in turn can cause significant delays in benefits, sometimes as long as several years.
Our attorneys will help you accelerate your application process by gathering the information you need to both prove your case and demonstrate to a judge why you need the benefits in question, utilizing a comprehensive understanding of Social Security Administration (SSA) regulations and requirements to rigorously defend your legal rights.
Not sure if you are eligible to receive benefits?
In order to receive government assistance, you need to be able to prove that your condition or disability is serious enough to prevent you from gaining employment for 1 year or more. There are also other factors the SSA considers before granting benefits, including:
- Age and education level
- Compliance with medical treatment
- Daily routine and activities
- Work experience
The SSA also checks whether your condition or disability is listed in their regulations handbook, and attempts to determine whether you are capable of performing lighter types of work.