Social Security Disability Attorneys
Denied SSDI Benefits? Price Law Group Can Help
A Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) denial can be discouraging.
You’ve worked and paid into the Social Security fund. The benefits
should be there for you when you need them. More than 60% of Social Security
disability applicants are denied after their initial applications.
Some people give up after receiving that first denial notice, but that’s
usually a mistake. Many applicants who continue through the appeals process
receive benefits at a later stage. If you’ve applied for Social
Security disability benefits and been turned down, your next step should
be to talk with an experienced SSDI attorney.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability?
There are two types of qualifications for Social Security disability benefits.
The first—and the one most people know about—is medical. To
qualify for SSDI, you must be unable to participate in “substantially
gainful activity” due to a medical condition. The condition must
have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months, unless it is terminal.
Demonstrating that you are medically unable to participate in substantial
gainful activity is the most significant hurdle for most applicants. The
Social Security Administration has a formula for determining substantial
gainful activity, which is a measure of your ability to support yourself
The most significant non-medical qualification is having adequate work
credits for eligibility. These are credits you earn as you work in the
years before you become disabled. The number of credits required varies
depending on how old you are when you become disabled. For most workers
who are 31 or older when disability strikes, the requirement works out
to having had sufficient earnings in a total of five of the previous 10
years. The actual calculation is a bit more complex, so be sure to have
your Social Security disability attorney check your work credits.
The SSDI Appeals Process
The initial denial notice isn’t the end of the road for Social Security
disability applicants: it’s barely the beginning. If you’ve
received a denial, here’s what happens next:
You’ll have an opportunity to
request reconsideration. The reconsideration process is virtually identical to the initial consideration.
The two key differences are that a different person reviews the materials
to make a determination, and you have the opportunity to submit additional
evidence before the review.
If you’re still denied on reconsideration, you can
request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The ALJ hearing offers a more extensive opportunity to present evidence
and witnesses, and the approval rate is higher at this stage. However,
success at the hearing depends in part on knowing what type of evidence
the ALJ will be looking for and how best to present it. An experienced
SSDI attorney can be your best resource for building a strong case.
If the ALJ denies your claim, you can
appeal to the federal district court.
Unfortunately, many people never receive the benefits they’re entitled
to, because they don’t have the information and guidance necessary
to win approval through the appeals process.
It doesn’t have to be that way. At Price Law Group, we have the experience
necessary to build a strong case on your behalf and the will to fight
for what you deserve.
Fees in Social Security Disability Cases
If you can’t work and you’ve been denied disability, you’re
likely concerned about attorney’s fees. The process is designed
with that in mind. You don’t pay anything to your attorney up front,
or while your case is underway. If for some reason you are not approved,
you won’t owe any attorney fees for your disability case. Fees are
based on the amount of back pay you are awarded and are never more than
$6,000 no matter how much money you receive.
In other words, you have nothing to lose. Your initial consultation is
free, and you won’t pay anything while your Price Law Group attorney
fights for your benefits. You’ll have the advantage of a seasoned
advocate at your side, assembling evidence, managing the procedural requirements
and arguing your case. You’ll never pay more than 25% of the back
pay owed to you, and in some cases much less.
Ready to Fight for Your Social Security Disability Benefits?
So are we.
Schedule your free consultation right now to learn more about how we can
help. Just call 866-210-1722, fill out the contact form at the bottom
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