South Carolina Attorney Manages Appeals for Social Security Disability
Denied Social Security disability benefits?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) is a federal program that provides American workers with a safety net. If you have a work history and you develop a disabling condition, you are eligible for benefits that can prevent severe hardship. However, the Social Security Adm (SSA) denies about 70 percent of first-time filers. Therefore, many disabled Americans face long, frustrating delays. If your SSDI claim has been denied, the Law Offices of David L. Hood is prepared to help. Drawing on more than 30 years of legal expertise, we focus on the obstacles to getting accepted. The SSA is very picky about the type of language and evidence required. Our knowledge of the law and the appeals process can be very helpful in getting you the benefits you’re entitled to.
How to qualify for Social Security disability
There are two major requirements for SSDI: a work history and a disabling condition. To be eligible based on your work history, you must have worked often enough and recently enough to have enough work credits. You can earn a max of four work credits in any given year. In 2017, a worker had to have earned $1,300 to get one credit and $5,200 to get the full four credits for the year. That income has to come from a work source for which you pay Social Security tax.
Generally, you must have earned 40 work credits in total, with 20 of those credits coming in the last 10 years before you couldn’t work. But younger workers who become disabled require fewer credits to qualify. For example, if you became disabled at age 30, you might only need 16 credits.
If you have enough work credits, the next hurdle is proving that you have a disabling condition. Social Security only pays for total disability. The SSA may consider you disabled if:
- You cannot do the type of work you previously performed.
- Your medical status prevents you from doing another form of work.
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
The SSA maintains a list of conditions that are severe enough to trigger acceptance of a claim for disability. If your condition is not on the list, you may still qualify, but your app must present evidence that you satisfy the three elements listed above. SSA workers who review claims are not medical pros. Therefore, don’t expect them to interpret info on your app and conclude that you must be disabled.
Rep throughout the SSD appeals process
SSD attorney David Hood has a thorough knowledge of SSD law. He focuses on what SSA examiners are looking for to approve an app. He and his team review your records and diagnosis and then write a compelling appeal for you. We and co-counsel assist you and your loved one at all levels, including:
- Hearing by an administrative law judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal Court review
If your appeal is denied at one level, the deadline to move forward comes very fast. However, we have what it takes to keep pace with the process and enhance your prospects of a good outcome.
Contact SSD attorney David Hood to manage your appeal
Has your app for SSD benefits been denied? Let the Law Offices of David L. Hood manage your appeal through every stage of the process. To schedule a free consult, call us today at 843-491-6025. We’d be happy to meet you at our Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach or Georgetown offices. You can also contact us 24/7 by email, text or chat. Remember, there are strict deadlines, so take action to protect yourself today/!