Social Security Disability Insurance is a program that workers who are regular employees who pay FICA payroll taxes might qualify for if they become disabled. While SSDI is free because you have been paying into it for decades, getting approved is far from automatic. At Mezrano Law Firm, we represent your interests as we guide you through applying for benefits and throughout the appeals process. You are welcome to discuss your case with our Alabama Social Security Disability lawyers today.
The following are the requirements you must meet to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance:
The SSA pays benefits only for total disability. They define the disabled as:
The SSA maintains a list of disabling medical conditions that they consider to be severe enough that it would prevent a person from completing the substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is currently $1220.
10. Impairments Affecting Multiple Body Systems
Here is a brief overview of the application process for SSDI benefits:
You must first file your application for disability benefits with the SSA, which requires an accurately completed application form, medical evidence, and other supporting documentation. Given that only about one-third of applicants will be approved at the initial application stage, you will likely begin to move through the appeals process. Hiring one of our experienced social security disability lawyers can help this process. Reach out today.
If your initial claim for benefits is not approved, you can file an appeal within 60 days to have your application reconsidered by a fresh set of eyes that were not involved in reviewing the initial application. Alabama will reinstitute this step in 2020; claimants now move directly to the hearing.
If your reconsideration was denied, you would have 60 days to request an appeal hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ has the discretion to approve your application, deny it, or return it for another review. The hearing is a prime opportunity to have your case considered by a judge, and your chances of approval at a hearing are significantly better than at any other stage in the appeals process. Having one of our social security disability lawyers by your side will greatly help.
The appeals council will consider your case if the ALJ's ruling is not favorable for you. The challenge here is that the appeals council does not approve many applications, and you could wait more than a year for a hearing date.
This is the venue of last resort for appealing a denied SSDI application. They can approve or deny your application, but they can also send it back to the SSA for another review.
Alabama is part of the Atlanta region, which covers eight states. There are 22 SSA offices in the Alabama area, some of which include:
Chances are, you have probably never applied for SSDI benefits. It is a complicated process with many moving parts. Getting through the application is what stands between you and getting approved for the monthly benefits you need. When you have access to an experienced Alabama SSDI attorney from Mezrano Law Firm, you have a trusted advocate who has guided many clients before you.
We also know what kind of evidence the SSA is looking for to prove your disability. We know how to present a strong case that can significantly improve your chance of getting approved for disability benefits. Contact our social security disability lawyers today.
The Social Security Administration has rules governing how social security disability lawyers get paid for their services. When a lawyer accepts a case, he or she creates a contingency fee agreement. The agreement must be submitted to the SSA for approval. A contingency fee means the attorney gets paid only when you win your case and are awarded benefits. Once the agreement is approved, the SSA will pay your lawyer back. The SSA limits the amount your attorney can get paid to no more than $6,000 or 25% of your back pay, whichever is less.
Applying for SSDI benefits is tedious, with many details to consider. Having one of our Alabama Social Security Disability lawyers on your side will not guarantee that your claim will be approved, but you will significantly increase your chances by having a skilled professional.
Your choice of representation can make all the difference when it comes to getting approved for disability benefits. At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to guide our clients through every step of the process of applying or appealing a denial. You are welcome to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form.