Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Nearly, 80 to 90 percent of disability claims are automatically denied. If you need Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), you will probably need a South Carolina disability lawyer to help you obtain them. And we may be able to help before you’re even denied: a Strom disability lawyer is available to prepare and submit an SSDI claim on your behalf at no charge.
What Kind of Help Do You Need? Select One:
- Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. By submitting an application on your behalf, Strom disability lawyers can ensure that your benefits claim is not denied because of errors or for being incomplete. From there, we’ll manage the entire process for you — all the way to a Federal Court suit if necessary.
- Fight Denied Disability Benefits & File for Reconsideration. Claimants with legitimate illnesses and disabilities often get turned down before successfully obtaining benefits under the Social Security Act. You have the right to appeal your denial and recover lost benefits.
- Request a Hearing After a Second Denial If your claim is rejected after filing a reconsideration request, we can appeal and continue to seek benefits on your behalf by requesting a hearing with a Social Security Administrative Law Judge.
- Appeal Hearing Decision If a Social Security Administrative Law Judge rules against you and denies your claim for Social Security benefits, we can appeal by submitting a legal brief on your behalf. The brief will be reviewed by an Appeals Board.
- File Suit in Federal Court. If previous appeals are denied, the next step is to file suit in Federal District Court. We will review your case to determine if this is appropriate for your claim.
Social Security Disability Requirements: Will I get Approved or Denied?
Because there are often unique circumstances surrounding each individual claim, no two applications are the same. That is why it is important for you to hire a knowledgeable advocate to work on your behalf to ensure everything is done in the appropriate manner. We will help you from day one. We will work with you and help you understand the process. We will handle your claim and keep you updated on the progress, and we will stay with you until everything is resolved.
There are two different kids of benefits that you may be eligible to obtain: Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security. To determine which you may be eligible to receive, please contact us today and let us help you with your claim. We are willing and ready to help. All you have to do is schedule a free consult by calling us at (803)252-4800.
To determine whether you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, try our step-by-step guide below. If you still have questions about your eligibility for Social Security benefits in South Carolina, please reach contact us at 888-490-2847.
1. Are you working?
If you are working in 2010 and your earnings average more than $1,180 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. However, if you’re not working, you may qualify for social security disability benefits.
2. Is your condition “severe”?
Your condition must interfere with basic work-related activities such as sitting, standing, walking, concentrating, or maintaining persistence and pace for your claim to be considered. If your condition does not interfere with the above work-related activities, Social Security will find that you are not disabled. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, you should consider applying for social security disability.
3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
For each of the major body systems, Social Security maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe, being diagnosed with one automatically qualifies you for disability. If your condition is not on the list, Social Security will have to decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list. If it is, you will be found disabled.
4. Can you do the work you did previously?
If your condition is severe, but not at the same or equal level of severity as a medical condition on the list, then Social Security must determine if it interferes with your ability to continue working. If it does not, your claim will be denied. If it does, proceed to Step 5.
5. Can you do any other type of work?
If you cannot do the work you did in the past, Social Security must determine whether you are able to adjust to other work. Social Security considers your medical condition(s) and your age, education, past work experience, and any transferable skills you may have. If you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved. If you can adjust to other work, your claim will be denied.
Our Disability Lawyers Can Help You:
- Apply for Disability Benefits
- File for Reconsideration
- Request a Hearing
- Appeal Hearing Decision
- File Suit in Federal Court
Do You Have Health Insurance?
When filing for Social Security Disability, your medical records play a large role in determining whether your request for benefits will be approved or denied. If you are filing a claim for social security disability benefits, chances are that you are unable to work and have lost your main source of income. Many times, a loss of benefits comes with a loss of employment; if you don’t have health insurance, you’re less likely to see a doctor, so health complications related to your disability won’t be cared for as often.
Without adequate documentation establishing that you have a physical or mental problem (or a combination of problems) severe enough to prevent you from pursuing substantial gainful activity for at least 12 months, your claim for benefits will likely be denied.
So how do you prove that you suffer from a condition which entitles you to social security benefits when you do not have health insurance and you cannot afford to go to the doctor?
- Ask your doctor: Many doctors will continue to treat a patient who has applied for Medicaid.
- If your doctor will not see you, you should locate the free clinic in your community. Find your local free clinic in your community.
- In the event of an emergency, go to the emergency room.
If you are able to see a doctor, but unable to afford your prescription medication, ask your doctor for samples. You should also consider contacting the drug manufacturer to ask if they offer a free or reduced cost prescription program. When all else fails, keep a diary. Document how you feel, what you are able to do, what you are not able to do, and how your medical condition effects your day to day activities.
Social Security Disability Requirements Can Work for You
If you qualify for disability based on the SSA’s qualifying requirements listed above, a Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. disability lawyer may be able to assist you in preparing and submitting your application, depending on the facts of your case. As your lawyers, we manage the entire process from start to finish, so you can focus on your health and family. Still not sure if your medical impairment qualifies for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration? Contact The Strom Law Firm, LLC with your questions by calling 888-490-2847 or request a no-fee case evaluation by completing the form at the top right.