Social Security Disability
Social Security disability (SSD) benefits were designed to provide supplemental income to individuals whose injuries prevent or physically restrict their ability to work. Depending on the nature of your disability, as either temporary or permanent, your SSD payments may be supplied on a temporary or permanent basis. These cases can be highly complex because SSD procedures involve a great deal of dense legal work, numerous eligibility requirements, and many federal regulations. The experienced attorneys at Stephen A. Burroughs have worked on a variety of Social Security disability cases and have helped many injured and disabled clients receive much-needed compensation.
Qualifying for SSD
There are several criteria applicants must meet, in order to be eligible to receive SSD. The first stage of qualifying for SSD depends entirely on the nature of your injury or illness. Proof of permanent disability, or a condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, more than one year is required. In addition, your physical condition must prevent you from performing the duties of your previous job and from finding a new line of work due to age, education, or impairment.
Since Social Security disability insurance is funded by the Social Security tax fund, applicants must have paid Social Security taxes through their wages for a sufficient amount of time, in order to be eligible to receive disability compensation. This means that a reasonably consistent work history prior to suffering the disabling injury or illness is required in order to qualify. Known as work credits, your work history and tax payments play a large role in qualifying for SSD.
The SSD process is notoriously lengthy and filled with highly selective standards and requirements. There are numerous stages in the process and due to the large number of claims and other factors, they frequently deny applicants. In fact, denial rates during the initial stage of the SSD process are currently above 60%, and during the appeal process that number increases to more than 80%.
According to the Social Security Administration, one of the primary agencies governing the SSD process, most denials are the result of insufficient medical documentation, insufficient work history, and the high percentage of applicants who are unfamiliar with the SSD process and unaware of the proper procedures needed to pursue their claim. At the Law Office of Stephen A Burroughs, our goal is to use our knowledge and experience to help you prevent any errors in your application and present your claim in a way to greatly reduce your risk of being denied.
Legal Assistance for Social Security Disability Applicants
At the Law Office of Stephen A Burroughs, we have successfully helped thousands of injured clients recover millions of dollars to which they were entitled. We realize that disabilities, injuries and illnesses can prevent people from working and that this loss of income and productivity can be devastating in many ways. Our firm wants to help all such affected persons successfully complete the SSD application process, in order to provide them with the best chance of being accepted.
With so much riding on a thorough, complete, and successful application, having an attorney from our firm assist you during your SSD process can ensure an increased chance of obtaining a favorable resolution. The attorneys and staff at the Law Office of Stephen A Burroughs here and ready to help you today. If you are looking for experienced and knowledgeable assistance with Social Security disability, then look no further. Contact us today.