Richmond & Charlotte Social Security Disability Lawyers
How Do I Stay Afloat When I Can’t Work?
Social Security Disability benefits provide great relief when you can’t work because of severe medical conditions and you’re scared and depressed about money problems.
The trouble is that it’s difficult to win benefits. Most people get denied when they first apply.
With everything you’re going through, it’s perfectly natural to be worried.
Those monthly checks can help you gain control of your life again. Our mission is to give you the best chance of winning benefits.
You don’t pay us anything until you win. And we’ll review your case for free.
What Qualifications Do I Need for Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability Insurance has some basic requirements:
- You’ve worked and paid into the Social Security system recently, generally five out of the last 10 years.
- You no longer can work full-time because of your health problems.
- You can’t adjust to a new kind of work.
- You have medical records showing your condition is serious.
- Your disability is likely to last at least a year.
How Do I Win Benefits?
Successful applications have these traits:
Accurate: It’s important to get your application right the first time, to save you from setbacks and delays later on.
You need to fill out your application honestly.
You’re going through one of your hardest times, so it can be tempting to exaggerate your situation.
A Social Security administrative law judge could pick up on that and deny you benefits.
Thorough: You also want your application to be complete.
A strong application is based on medical evidence from your doctor visits.
If you’re struggling to afford medical care — which is common if you can’t work — at Hunter & Everage we might be able to find low-cost or free treatment options for you.
Timely: And don’t delay applying.
If you stop working because of a medical issue, apply right away.
First off, you don’t want to wait so long that you no longer have enough recent work history to qualify you for benefits.
Second, you can receive back benefits that cover the time after you first applied until you’re granted benefits.
So applying as soon as possible means you don’t miss out on benefits.
At Hunter & Everage, we make sure your application is on track.
What If I’m Denied?
Most people don’t understand what you’re going through when you have serious health problems and you can’t work.
Remember, Social Security Disability isn’t a free handout.
You earned these benefits by working and paying into the Social Security system.
That’s one reason why you shouldn’t give up if you’re denied benefits.
It’s not easy. But stick with it. Appeal.
You could be denied for many reasons:
- You didn’t get the medical treatment and records you need.
- You didn’t stick to your doctor’s orders.
- Your doctor didn’t know you fit the legal definition of a disability.
- A Social Security employee didn’t collect the right medical records.
- The SSA decided your health condition isn’t serious enough.
- You stated something wrong in your application.
- The SSA decided you could still work in a different kind of job.
- You still earn too much income from working.
A lot of people get denied. It’s often on appeal when they win benefits.
So don’t give up, because it could be worth it for you in the end.
And at Hunter & Everage, we’ll help you all along the way.
You don’t have to do this alone. Get your free case review.