For those who qualify, Social Security benefits are a legal right. It is only fair that disabled workers are able to obtain these benefits, as they paid into the system every time they took home a paycheck. Unfortunately, obtaining these benefits can be complicated, time-consuming and all around challenging. If you are seeking Social Security disability benefits in Machesney Park, you should not go through this process alone. Please contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney who can help you through the claims process.
Do You Qualify for Disability Benefits?
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits you must meet the standards set up by federal regulations. Ultimately, determining whether or not someone qualifies is a highly individualized process. If you are unsure, you should consult with one of our attorneys who can review your circumstances. You can also refer to the following as a general guide that can be used as a starting point:
- Step 1: What is Your Current Income? Disability benefits are meant for those who can no longer work or can only work in a very limited part-time capacity. If you make more than $1130 per month (2016) you will be deemed ineligible for benefits.
- Step 2: How Severe is Your Condition?Beyond not exceeding the current income cap, you will also need to have a medical condition that is so severe that it keeps you from working. Many qualifying conditions are officially listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Though, you may still qualify even if your condition is not listed if your condition is sufficiently severe.
- Step 3: Can You Return to Work?You can only qualify for Social Security disability benefits if the agency believes that you are unable to return to work. To qualify you must not be able to return to your previous position or any suitable and less demanding alternative position.
Many Valid Social Security Disability Claims are Denied
If your initial application for disability benefits was denied, you are not out of luck. Do not give up: You need to keep fighting for what is rightfully yours. Unfortunately, the SSA outright denies a large number of valid claims after an initial review. Indeed, the SSA’s own published data shows that nearly one third of eventually accepted disability claims were initially denied. Claims are wrongfully denied for many reasons. Sometimes, it is simply an error made by a review at the SSA. Though, more often, it is because there is an issue with your application. Indeed, if your initial Social Security disability application was filed without the assistance of a qualified attorney, your claim may be wrongfully denied. The bottom line is simple: If your claim was denied, it should be reviewed by an attorney who can help you assess the viability of an appeal.
We Can Help with Your Machesney Park Social Security Disability Claim
At Tuite Law, our attorneys have extensive experience handling Social Security disability claims. If you are applying for benefits for the first time, or if your claim has been denied, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office today. Let us use our skills and experience to help you recover the full and fair benefits you deserve.