Unable To Work? Social Security Disability Insurance Can Be An Important Resource.
Most people retire when they reach a certain age and no longer need to work. But for a significant number of Texans, old-age retirement is not an option. They find themselves unable to work well before they reach standard retirement age. If you can no longer work because of a debilitating illness or medical condition, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a much-needed resource that can provide the funds you need to make ends meet. Unfortunately, getting approved for benefits is a time-consuming and bureaucratic process, and many applications are rejected the first time.
For these reasons and more, it is a good idea to seek the help of an attorney who understands the system and can help you present the strongest possible case for why you deserve benefits. In mid-County, you can find the help you need at Branick & Devenzio. Attorney Trent brings nearly 30 years of legal experience to each case and client. He will work with you to ensure that your application is sound, and he is ready to represent you at all levels of appeal if your claim is rejected.
Strong Medical Documentation Is Critical To The Application Process
Acquiring appropriate health care is a key to winning a Social Security Disability Insurance application. While it is difficult to get health care when you are not working, it is almost impossible to win your case if you are not documenting your health problems. You may want to check and see if your county of residence has an indigent health care program.
If you already have access to health care, Trent will communicate regularly with you and your health care providers to obtain the necessary medical records to demonstrate proof of your disabling condition. Sometimes, this is a matter of finding records that already exist. Other times, it may mean requesting additional tests and specialist visits to generate additional supportive evidence for your diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions About SSDI Claims
People involved in the Social Security Disability Insurance process often have many questions as they sometimes get caught up in the red tape of the application process. Below are answers to some of those questions.
How much money can I get when my application is granted?
The amount of your monthly benefit will depend upon how much money you have paid into the system while you were working.
Do I have to be denied before I hire an attorney?
No, once an application has been filed, your attorney can assist you with your application. It is always preferable to involve an attorney as early as possible.
How does The Social Security Administration decide if I am disabled?
There are two ways the administration can qualify someone as disabled. Under the first option, an application will be granted if you have a condition that is so severe that it is considered automatically disabling. If your condition is not quite severe enough to be considered automatically disabling, the administration will then consider your mental and physical limitations, your age, your education and your work history to determine if there is any job in the national economy that you are able to do.
How long does the process last?
It typically takes about two months for the administration to consider your initial application. If your application is initially denied, you can ask the agency to reconsider the initial denial; this reconsideration typically takes about two months. If you are denied again, you can then request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. It typically takes about seven months before your hearing will be scheduled. Altogether, it usually takes about 11 months to have your application finally determined.
Can I work part time and still apply for disability benefits?
Yes, under the law, you can work part time and still apply for benefits. However, there are many issues to consider, and you should consult with an attorney about this question.
Contact The Firm For Personalized Service And Guidance
Branick & Devenzio has earned a reputation for providing supportive client service and personalized attention. This is particularly helpful when dealing with the stressful and frustrating process of seeking SSDI benefits. To learn how Trent can help you, contact the firm to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach out online or call 409-403-1370.