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Social Security Disability Claims

Social Security Disability Insurance is among the largest national programs for helping people when medical or emotional problems prevent them from working for a living.

The program has highly technical qualification requirements.  Generally, you will qualify for SSDI benefits if your medical problem will keep you out of work for at least 12 months.  Your doctor will have to support your claim, and we will have to be able to prove that you cannot engage in "substantial gainful employment."  If you've been injured at work, you may be entitled to disability benefits in addition to workers' compensation. If you are entitled to both benefits (workers' compensation and SSDI), a complex formula will compute the offset benefit amount.

Our social security benefits team can help determine whether you are eligible.  Each case has its own merits, but here are some of the things that are considered.  If you're working and making more than $1,040 per month, this may qualify as substantial gainful activity and you may be denied SSDI benefits. Claims are denied if the impairments are deemed to be non-severe, mild or slight, which means the impairments are not severe enough to significantly limit the work you're capable of doing.  The Disability Determination Service (DDS) has an official Listing of Impairments and will determine if yours are severe enough to meet or equal those standards.  If your impairments don't meet or equal any on the DDS Listing of Impairments, a reviewer will consider if they are severe enough to prevent you from doing your former job.  If your impairments are severe enough to prevent you from doing your prior job, a reviewer will consider whether or not there is another job you could do.

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and who is eligible to receive it?

If you've been denied disability benefits, you can appeal both in writing and in front of an administrative law judge. Quite often it takes an in-person appeal in front of a judge to win a claim for disability benefits.

But you should know that 70 percent of all applications are denied.

Social Security's rules and regulations are very detailed and complex; unless you have a real understanding of them when you apply, you will likely be denied. In fact, close to 70 percent of all applications are denied. This is why it is very important to have an experienced Social Security Disability attorney help you navigate the bureaucracy and improve your chances of success.

If you are no longer able to work, let attorney Leslie Nixon and hir team work for you.  It just makes sense to have an experienced Social Security Disability attorney take the time to explain the laws, guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf for any future or retroactive benefits you may be entitled to. We know the judges and what to present in order to successfully get you your benefits. We can help with your initial application, your reconsideration appeal or your administrative hearing.

We've helped thousands of Social Security Disability claimants get the benefits they deserve. Getting the help you need has never been easier. Don't try to do it on your own. Simplify the process. Call today for a free consultation.


Leslie C. Nixon