What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is a benefits program run by the Social Security Administration. The program provides financial support to people who are no longer able to work. If you have a permanent disabling condition, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Who can file for Disability?
In order to qualify Social Security Disability benefits, a person must suffer from a permanent medical, psychological, or psychiatric impairment. The disability must prevent you from getting or continuing employment.
How does Social Security decide if I qualify for disability benefits?
After applying for disability, the Social Security Administration will review your medical records to determine your eligibility. They will also consider your age, level of education, and work experience. Based on that information, they will determine if you are able to continue working or should receive disability benefits.
I already filed for Disability and was denied. Can I file an appeal?
Absolutely. In fact, over 60% of Social Security Disability applications are initially rejected. You do have the right to appeal the decision of the Administration. However, there are time limits for filing an appeal. If you have already been denied Social Security Disability, don’t wait. Contact a Morgan & Morgan disability attorney immediately for help filing the appeal.
What evidence does the Administration require to approve Disability?
The Social Security Administration will require you to prove your disability with supporting medical records. These medical records might include physical examinations, mental health records, blood work records, x-rays, MRIs, and any other medical evidence that supports your claim. Your attorney will be able to secure the needed medical records from your treating doctors.
Can I continue working and file for Disability?
In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must be unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” or SGA. If you are earning less than the amount set by the Agency as SGA, you may still qualify for benefits. The SGA amount is adjusted by the Agency periodically.
Do I need an Attorney to file for Disability?
While you are not required to have an attorney to file for Disability, we highly recommend hiring an experienced attorney to help. With over 60% of Social Security Disability applications initially rejected, your attorney can help you gather the necessary medical records and prepare any needed witnesses for a hearing. People who hire an attorney are much more likely to win their disability case. The Social Security Disability process can be overwhelming, but an experienced attorney can help you. Plus, the attorneys of Morgan & Morgan are only paid if you win your case, and the attorney’s fees come directly from the Social Security Administration.
If you or someone you know qualifies for Social Security Disability, or has been denied disability benefits, contact Morgan & Morgan for a free consultation. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience handling disability cases for the residents of Northeast Georgia. You can contact us by filling out the form on the right hand side of your screen or by calling our office at (706) 510-2830.