Sarasota Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you suffer from a disabling medical condition, you may be unable to work or severely limited in your ability to earn an income. Fortunately, there are two Social Security disability programs intended to provide the financial support you need to support your household. Because they’re government programs, you can expect multiple levels of complexity in the process for obtaining benefits. Many claims are denied upon initial application, leaving individuals without a source of income.
Your chances of getting prompt approval on a rightful disability claim greatly improve when you retain legal assistance for the process. Our team at Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, Attorneys and Counselors at Law has extensive knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, so we’re prepared to help you navigate the challenges. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Sarasota Social Security Disability lawyer today. Some background information may also be useful.
Overview of Social Security Disability Programs
Both programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are intended to serve individuals with disabling medical conditions. The health issue may be an illness or injury that has physical, cognitive, or emotional consequences – or a combination of these factors. However, the key is that the medical condition prevents you from working at a certain level.
Though the specifics vary, you’ll generally satisfy the medical eligibility rules if you have a condition listed in SSA’s Blue Book or the equivalent. From there, you must meet additional requirements depending on the disability program:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): With this program, you may qualify for benefits based upon mandatory deductions from your paycheck while you were working. You need to accumulate a certain number of work credits over the years.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This disability program is needs-based, so the eligibility criteria focus on your income and assets. If they’re over a certain threshold amount, you may not qualify.
How a Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Our attorneys at Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian are experienced in all phases of the claims process for SSDI and SSI. We’re ready to assist with:
- Working with your treating physicians to gather medical records and other necessary information to support the medical requirement of a disability claim;
- Reviewing your work history regarding SSDI applications, or income and assets for SSI claimants;
- Preparing and submitting the claims forms and supporting documentation for SSDI or SSI;
- Requesting reconsideration, if your initial application is denied;
- Taking your claim before an administrative law judge during the disability hearing process; and,
- Following up through the appeals process.
In addition, SSA will conduct Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) once you obtain approval. We can advise you on an ongoing basis for these purposes.
Set Up a Consultation with a Sarasota Social Security Disability Lawyer Today
For more information on how we can assist with your initial application and additional stages of the disability claims process, please contact Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. You can call 800.227.2275 or visit our website to set up a complimentary case evaluation at our Sarasota office.