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Many people do not expect their valid Social Security Disability claim to be denied, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to receive the financial and medical benefits you deserve without a fight. According to the Social Security Administration, 76% of all new claims are denied, and not all of those who choose to appeal the denial are successful. If you suffer from a medical condition (physical or psychological) that prevents you from working and need to find a way to support yourself and your family, it is in your best interests to hire an attorney to help you prepare your application and represent you throughout the entire claims process.
It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration to take several months to review your disability application. If your case requires a hearing, you can expect to wait 12 to 18 months before seeing a judge. The Shepard Law team will do everything in their power to help your claim get approved prior to a Hearing. However, if necessary, Mr. Shepard will work to obtain the earliest possible hearing date. The goal at Shepard Law is to get you approved as soon as possible so that you start receiving the payments and health care you need and deserve.
Call or visit the firm now for an initial consultation to learn whether you are eligible to receive benefits.
DO'S AND DON'TS
Navigating the Social Security Disability process can be a significant challenge. There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of a successful claim. Read over Shepard Law's tips about how you can avoid common mistakes and expedite your claim for benefits.
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME ("SSI")
If you have not worked recently and have a medical condition (physical or psychological) that prevents you working, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. SSI benefits include financial assistance to help you meet your expenses for food, shelter and medical care. There are two requirements for the SSI program. First, you must have a diagnosed medical condition that prevents you from working. Second, your income and assets must fall below a government mandated threshold. To find out more about SSI call Shepard Law today.
LONG TERM DISABILITY ("LTD")
If you are covered by a long term disability insurance policy, the insurance provider may require you to file a claim for SSD benefits as a condition of your coverage. The amount that you receive from SSD may then be credited against your policy.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE ("SSDI")
You may not have realized it, but there is a very good chance that you have been paying for disability insurance since the day you first starting earning a paycheck. Provided that you have been working at jobs where your earnings were subject to the Social Security payroll tax, you have been making contributions to a fund from which you may now be able to benefit from.
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