Social Security

Whether you’re seeking information about the different types of benefits available, the eligibility criteria, or the application process, the Jack Bailey Law Corporation is here to equip you with the knowledge and resources necessary to navigate the system effectively and increase your chances of a successful claim.

Do I need a Lawyer when applying for SSI Disability benefits?

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides financial assistance to people who are unable to work due to a disability.

While it is not required to have a lawyer, retaining a disability insurance lawyer for assistance can be beneficial in certain situations. They can provide valuable guidance throughout the application process. In cases where the application is complex, there is a history of denials, or if you are unsure about the process, obtaining legal assistance can significantly increase your chances of success in receiving the max social security disability benefit and help navigate the intricacies of the system.

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  • Knowledge and Expertise: A disability benefits attorney has a deep understanding of the complex regulations and requirements associated with SSD benefits. They are familiar with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for determining disability and the evidence needed to support a claim. A lawyer can provide valuable guidance on how to present your case effectively, increasing your chances of approval.

  • Assistance with Application: Applying for SSD benefits can be a lengthy and detailed process. A lawyer can help you gather the necessary medical records, complete the application accurately, and ensure that all relevant information is included. They can also ensure that deadlines are met and paperwork is submitted correctly, reducing the risk of delays or denials.

  • Appeals and Denials: If your initial SSD application is denied, a lawyer can be particularly helpful. They can review the denial letter, identify the reasons for denial, and assist you in filing an appeal. The appeals process can be complex, involving hearings and presenting evidence. A lawyer can represent you during the appeal, presenting your case and advocating for your rights.

  • Maximizing Benefits: Lawyers can help you understand the full range of benefits available to you. They can assess your situation and determine if you may be eligible for additional benefits or programs beyond SSD, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other disability-related assistance.

  • Legal Representation: Having a lawyer by your side can provide peace of mind and reassurance during the SSD application process. They can act as your advocate, ensuring your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings.

Contact us today at 318-222-5200 or through our website to schedule your free consultation.

We have successfully helped numerous clients obtain the fair settlements they deserve, and we are here to do the same for you.

Understanding the Major Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB)

These benefits are for individuals who have worked in recent years (usually five out of the last 10 years) and are now disabled.

Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits

These benefits are paid to individuals who are at least 50 years old and become disabled within a certain time after the death of their spouse. The deceased spouse must have worked enough under Social Security to be insured.

SSI Child’s Disability Benefits

These are SSI benefits specifically for children under the age of 18 who are disabled.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

SSI benefits are provided to disabled individuals who are also financially disadvantaged. Whether someone has worked in the past or not does not matter for SSI eligibility.

Disabled Adult Child Benefits

These benefits are for children of deceased individuals or those receiving Social Security disability or retirement benefits. The child must have become disabled before the age of 22. Whether the disabled individual is rich or poor does not affect eligibility for Disability Insurance Benefits, Disabled Widow’s or Widower’s Benefits, and Disabled Adult Child Benefits. The benefits are determined based on the Social Security earnings record.

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If you find yourself in need of assistance with your Social Security Disability claim, call The Jack Pack. Our disability lawyers in Shreveport, Louisiana are well-versed in the local regulations and can provide the necessary guidance and representation. Our skilled professionals can help navigate the complexities of the application process, improve your chances of a successful outcome, and ensure your rights are protected, allowing you to focus on your well-being and securing the benefits you deserve.

If you’ve been denied or need help in applying for Social Security Disability, you can contact us online – or call us anytime at (318)222-5200 or 1-800-256-8616.

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Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for SSD benefits, you must meet certain criteria. First, you must have a disability that prevents you from doing any substantial work. Your disability should be expected to last for at least one year or result in death. The SSA uses a strict definition of disability, considering factors such as the severity of your condition and how it affects your ability to work. Additionally, you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security, which means you paid Social Security taxes.

When applying for SSD benefits, you need to gather medical records and other relevant documents that prove your disability. You’ll need to complete an application form and provide information about your work history, medical condition, and treatments you have received. The SSA will review your application and medical evidence to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

The Social Security Administration will consider many questions when reviewing your application:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition severe?
  • Is your condition disabling?
  • Can you do the work you did before?
  • Can you do any other work?
  • How long will you not be able to work?

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?

An Individual wanting to apply for SSDI or SSI can do so by doing one of the following: