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Unable to work due to health issues?
Our Florida Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help. It’s not your fault that you can’t work. Whether it is a disabling injury, a chronic illness or mental health condition that has limited your ability to earn a living, the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefit programs were created for situations just like yours. Our experienced attorneys and staff will file your application for disability benefits.
At Southeast Disability Advocates, we understand that you may not have the ability to pay out of pocket for professional help with your disability benefits claim, but we can still help without any payment up front. We only get paid when you win your case and we will file your SSDI and SSI application for you with no extra charge for our involvement from the beginning. Don’t take the risk of being denied by filing on your own. Contact our Florida Disability Lawyers!
No Fees Until Florida Disability Lawyers Win Your Case
There are no fees or costs until we get your social security disability claim approved. When our Florida disability lawyers win your case, the government will pay the attorney fees from your accrued, or past due benefits. The fees are set by the Social Security Administration and are only payable upon a favorable outcome of your case. The contingency fees are twenty-five (25%) of the accrued past due benefits. (The benefits that would have been payable had your case been approved initially.)
Was Your Disability Claim Denied? Our Florida Disability Appeal Lawyers Can Help
If your social security disability benefits claim was denied, our experienced disability lawyers will help with your appeal. Too many individuals miss out on receiving social security disability benefits because they either didn’t appeal the denial of their claim, waited too long to make the appeal or didn’t have the help they needed to make the appeal properly. Don’t make these mistakes! So many of our clients were in the same situation, their initial claim was denied. But today, they are SSDI recipients because we filed an appeal and won. Don’t miss the deadline for your appeal. Call us and let us handle your disability benefits appeal for you.
Our Florida Disability Lawyers Can Help with Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim
Too many adults and children have struggled through life needlessly, when they could have been receiving SSI to help meet their needs. If you can’t work because of disabilities and haven’t worked enough to qualify for SSDI, you may qualify for benefits through SSI. Contact us for a free evaluation of your SSI eligibility status and let us help you apply.
Questions? We Have Answers.
To understand Social Security Disability Benefits, it’s helpful to first understand Social Security. Social Security is a government-sponsored insurance program that provides benefits – that is, compensation to eligible US recipients or their spouses in the instance of retirement, disability, or death. The program is managed by the United States Social Security Administration, or SSA, an independent agency of the US federal government.
Individuals pay Social Security taxes on wages they have earned. As a result, the insurance benefits an individual may receive through Social Security are based on the taxes they have paid. These taxes are deducted directly from a worker’s paycheck and accrue over time until the individual retires. For this reason, Social Security taxes are also called Social Security contributions.
There are three different disability income programs administered by the Social Security Administration – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Disabled Widow/Widower Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each provides income to disabled individuals, but they have distinct qualifications and separate funding sources.
SSDI – In the case of disability, an individual may be eligible to utilize a portion of their Social Security contributions in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits before their retirement. The amount of Social Security contributions an individual has accrued is directly tied to the amount of Social Security taxes they have paid, in total, from their employment earnings. The SSDI program is funded through payroll taxes paid to the Social Security Administration.
Disabled Widow/Widower Benefits – In general, disability benefits to survivors are determined by the amount of time the individual was employed. There are a number of possible outcomes in situations involving the death of a spouse or parent, each one complex. Because every situation is unique, working with Southeast Disability Advocates to gather documentation and filing your claim can greatly increase your chance of success
SSI – If an individual has not worked and made Social Security tax contributions at the necessary level to be qualified for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and the person meets the income and asset qualifications, they may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To be eligible, an individual must have a medical disability that prevents them from performing work and, in turn, limits their ability to support themselves with earned income. It is available for anyone who is disabled, including children and individuals who are blind or over the age of 65. The SSI program is funded through general tax dollars.
Under the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), the first step in receiving SSD benefits starts with filing a claim – that is, making a legal request for compensation. A successful disability benefits claim contains the required information presented clearly and in full. Claims may be made through the SSA online or by phone, and should be initiated as soon as the injury takes place.
Upon application, the SSA will transfer your case to the State Disability Determinations Service (DDS). The DDS will assign your claim to a clerk who is charged with gathering your medical evidence, requesting you complete function, pain, and work history questionnaires. This person becomes integral to your SSD claim process. It is important to insure that your attorney’s office act as an intermediary with DDS to ensure that the correct information is provided.
Despite this seemingly organized series of events and the availability of assigned contact people, the process oftentimes becomes confusing and overwhelming. The task of collecting details can be difficult, and applicants are typically unclear about the information being requested. As a result, they engage in a time-consuming back-and-forth communication with DDS in an attempt to find clarity.
At Southeast Disability Advocates, we are here to take the confusion of the SSD claim process. We will be your intermediary between you and DDS, and to provide the strongest, most coherent information possible to increase your chances of an exceptional outcome. We will be here throughout the application process, assisting every step of the way.
To qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, you must submit a complete SSD or SSI claim. Each piece of information provided must be firmly supported by evidence, and that evidence must also be provided. Two steps are exceeding important in this process: 1) securing all the necessary documentation, and 2) obtaining the support of your physicians and therapists.
To increase the likelihood that your SSI or SSD claim will be approved, it is important to keep accurate and dated records of all treatments, scans, doctor and hospital visits, as well as receipts for any over-the-counter treatments purchased. You will also need medical or therapeutic practitioners on whom you can rely to supply supporting letters for your disability benefits claim. Additionally, records of income lost and limitations incurred from your disability are extremely helpful. These lists are most effective when they are up-to-date, reflective of specific changes, and supported by your physician. In each of these areas and many more, Southeast Disability Advocates can help.
The most important thing to remember if your Social Security Disability claim is denied is to not give up. Due to the significant strain of the process, individuals without legal representation (approximately 50%) often throw in the towel. With Southeast Disability Advocates at your side, all is not lost. We are here to help you appeal. What’s more, you pay no fees until your claim is approved.
It is important to remember that the attorney fees are set by the Social Security Administration and you only pay 25% of any past due or accrued benefits. Although there is considerably more work involved in handling the appeals, there is no additional cost to have Southeast Disability Advocates represent you from Application or Reconsideration, the fee is the same, 25% of any past due or accrued benefits.
After denial, individuals have 60 days to request one of four types of appeals: reconsideration, hearing by an administrative law judge, review by the Appeals Council, or Federal Court review. Southeast Disability Advocates will help you determine what course of action to pursue, and then pursue resolution until the very best outcome is achieved.
The key to submitting a successful SSD or SSI claim is, simply put, knowing what you are doing. By hiring Southeast Disability Advocates you are assured the advantages of our decades of experience. For most people, filing a claim is not their area of expertise. It becomes slow and stressful, and – what’s worse – claims submitted by individuals without legal representation are rejected far more than they are accepted. That puts you back at square one.
As a client of Southeast Disability Advocates, you will receive expert, professional assistance in not only filing your SSD or SSI form, but gathering all the necessary info, phrased for optimal results. We know what information is critical for approval, and we are skilled at performing the necessary communication. Contact Southeast Disability Advocates today for help in filing a successful SSD or SSI claim. We have helped thousands of clients go through the application process with positive results, and we are ready to help you. Best of all? You pay no fees until your claim is approved.
Why Our Florida Disability Lawyers are the right choice for your Social Security Disability Claim
Southeast Disability Advocates only handles Social Security Disability benefits claims and appeals. It is all we do, and we have been helping claimants since 1993. We know what information the Social Security Administration needs to make an informed decision on your case. We have filed thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI applications and are able to ensure that your application will be filed properly with all of the necessary information to give you the best opportunity to win. Let us handle the application and, if necessary, file the appeals and represent you in your hearing. We don’t charge any additional fees for preparing and filing your application!
“Thank you so much with helping me with my disability case. My life is already seeing positive outcomes as I’m able to rejoin society instead of hiding from it.”
– Andrew M.
Our Disability Lawyers Provide Guidance For Disability Claims and Appeals.
If you are uncertain whether your injury or illness qualifies for SSDI benefits or whether your appeal of a social security benefits denial has merit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can provide guidance for your case, based on experience gained from working with thousands of individuals over the last two decades.
We have helped clients win their cases for a variety of disabilities, including:
- Neurological disorders
- Brain injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Respiratory disorders
- Digestive issues
- Immune system disorders
- Mental health disorders and illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
These are just some of the types of health issues for which our clients have received benefits.
Social Security Disability Benefits Claims Are Our Specialty. We can help.
If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, or Hawaii and need help with a claim or appealing a social security disability denial, please contact us at 800-804-3637 to schedule a free consultation.
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