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Tips To Help You Win Your SSD Claim

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The law firm of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., represents clients who are unable to work due to a disability.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be available to individuals who meet the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments for their specific disability, and who also meet certain financial and work history requirements.

Many people wonder what steps they can take to strengthen their claim and improve their chances for successfully receiving SSD benefits. Reach out to us, and speak to a lawyer in a free initial consultation.

To schedule an appointment to discuss ways in which to strengthen your SSD claim, please call (254) 765-9552 , or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations for SSD matters, including appeals. Se habla español.

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Tips To Win Your SSD Claim

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are disabled and seeking Social Security Disability benefits:

  • Act promptly — The SSD application process can be lengthy, and you may not know if your claim has been accepted for more than a year. If you are disabled and unable to work, do not delay applying for SSD benefits.
  • Keep all medical documentation — The Social Security Administration requires extensive documentation of your medical condition/disability. Keep all records and documentation of medical care, treatments, receipts, etc. It is also advisable to keep a journal documenting symptoms associated with your disability.
  • Work with an SSD attorney — The process of applying for SSD benefits can be overwhelming. Working with a lawyer during the process can take the guesswork away. If your claim is denied, it is highly advisable to work with an attorney during the appeals process. An attorney can also ensure that all essential medical documentation is obtained from your doctor.
  • Remember this important piece of advice — If your initial claim is denied, do not hesitate to seek an appeal. The majority of initial claims are denied by the Social Security Administration. But that does not mean that individuals seeking disability benefits do not have a legitimate disability. Work with an attorney who believes in your case and will help you appeal your claim so you receive the benefits you need and deserve.

You are in capable hands: Attorney Manuel Alcozer has handled hundreds of cases on behalf of disabled clients before Social Security law judges.

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  • What is the ‘List of Impairments’ and how is it used in the SSDI application process?

    The List of Impairments or SSA’s “Blue Book” is a compilation of medical conditions and criteria used by the agency to assess disability claims. If your condition appears on the list and exactly matches the description there, you are generally considered disabled without further evaluation. However, you do not have to have a “listed” condition nor meet the exact criteria of one to qualify for benefits.

    No one should ever assume that they are unable to qualify for SSDI benefits without speaking to an experienced advocate.

  • Can I collect supplemental security income (SSI) And SSD benefits?
    When you qualify for both SSI and SSD, it is known as receiving “concurrent benefits.” To qualify for concurrent benefits, you must meet the eligibility requirements for both SSI and SSD. If you qualify for both SSI and SSDI, you will receive the higher of the two benefits. However, your SSI benefit may be reduced if you also receive SSDI.
  • How long does it take to receive SSD benefits after applying?
    The average wait time for SSD benefits is five to seven months. However, there may be aspects to your situation that make that process take more or less time than average.
  • What is the process for determining medical eligibility for SSDI benefits?
    Once you file for SSDI benefits and pass the non-medical eligibility screening, your claim will be sent to the state’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) for a medical determination. There, your medical records and other information will be collected and evaluated by a claims examiner and a physician to see if you meet SSA’s criteria for disability.
  • What are the work requirements to qualify for SSDI benefits?
    The duration of work test for SSDI evaluates whether an application has worked and paid into the Social Security system long enough to qualify as “insured” for benefits. This calculation takes into account your age and when the disability began. Most people need 40 credits (which can be earned at the rate of four per year), and 20 of those credits must have been earned in the last 10 years before your disability began. Younger disabled workers need less.

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