Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
The federal Social Security program encompasses a number of programs that protect against poverty, old age, disability, unemployment, and others. The laws governing disability benefits are too complex to explain fully here, but we’d like to provide this overview:
- First, you must have worked for a specified time period (generally twenty out of forty (20/40) quarters or five of the past ten years in any combination).Do you have enough quarters to even apply?
- Second, you must have a physical or emotional disability that is severe enough to keep you from working.
- Third, you must have a doctor’s report and other medical evidence proving what your inability to work is, any limitations you may have, and even your ability if any to work.
Obtaining Benefits Is Not Easy
Even when you are entitled to benefits, the process is lengthy and can be discouraging. The Social Security Administration processes more than 2 million disability claims each year, and managing the sheer numbers of applicants makes it an impersonal and sometimes dehumanizing experience. The government’s resources are limited, meaning that that you’ll receive little government guidance in how to file, what evidence you need to present, and how to best present it. It’s almost routine for the Social Security Administration to reject most applications—especially if a lawyer wasn’t used.
In order to receive benefits, the majority of people have to go on to the next step, which is to file for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a step that can take an additional 17 months or longer. So, you can understand why some people give up even when they are legally entitled to Social Security disability benefits.
If you are about to apply for federal Social Security benefits or if you are considering the next step after being denied benefits, consider these facts:
Most claims do not contain enough documentation to win benefits. We can help you gather the right medical evidence to prove your case.
- Mistakes in filling out paperwork result in delays or outright denials. We will help complete the necessary forms completely and professionally.
- Social Security laws and regulations are confusing and complicated. We will handle your case so that you receive maximum benefits.
- Disability benefits are available from other federal or state programs in certain circumstances. We will conduct a complete review of your case to ensure you have filed for all the benefits to which you are entitled. Not only are you eligible, your children or dependents may be eligible for a separate payment based upon your social security disability (auxiliary benefits), and we can help obtain these benefits for you as well.