Perhaps you (or a family member) want help applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or maybe you’ve already applied and need to appeal a denial of benefits. Our firm can help with these things and more. A Cleburne Social Security Disability lawyer from our firm can help with your application or appeal for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.
Your initial consultation with Underwood Law Office will be free and informative. We’ll tell you more about how one of our lawyers will help you with your benefits application or appeal, just as they’ve helped many clients in similar situations.
Breaking Down Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability (SSD) is the umbrella term for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These government programs are provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and offer benefits to people who, generally, aren’t able to work due to a medical condition lasting 12 months or more or leading to loss of life. There are additional criteria for qualifying for either program.
You may be able to qualify for monthly Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you’re currently disabled and were employed and taxed during employment for at least five of the last ten years. You’d be able to qualify because you’ve paid a sufficient amount of money into the Social Security system. Now, you can claim the benefits of that.
Alternatively, you could qualify for monthly Supplemental Security Income benefits if you’re disabled and have limited income and assets. You’d qualify because you haven’t been able to pay enough into the Social Security system.
We Can Help Determine Your Eligibility for Benefits
The qualifications for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated. However, your doctor and one of our firm’s lawyers can help. Your doctor can explain whether your medical condition qualifies for a benefits program, and the lawyer can explain whether your current income, work history, and financial needs qualify.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Cleburne, call (972) 535-6377
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Texas
Once you’ve determined your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits, you can apply for them on the SSA’s website with their online application form. However, you may not want to apply just yet or on your own. Your doctor and one of our firm’s lawyers can help confirm your eligibility. Also, our lawyer can help you apply or apply for you to help ensure your application is filed properly.
We Can Help Determine Whether You Can Apply
You may not be able to apply for benefits right now unless you meet additional criteria. For one, you must not be currently receiving benefits on your Social Security record. Additionally, you must not have been denied benefits in the last 60 days. Our lawyer can help you understand such criteria and meet them.
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How to Appeal a Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits in Texas
You may be sure you qualify for benefits, and you may be right. You can appeal the SSA’s denial of your claim, and they may review their determination and reverse their decision. However, you’ll have to appeal within 60 days of the day you received the notice of denial.
You can file your appeal on the administration’s website with their Internet Appeal service, but you may want to speak with your doctor and our lawyer first. They can verify your eligibility and help you collect evidence to confirm your eligibility with the administration. Also, our lawyer can either help you file the appeal more quickly or file it quickly for you, which may help to meet the 60-day deadline.
We Can Help You Understand Why Your Claim Was Denied
It’s important to understand why your claim was denied so you can provide additional evidence in your appeal.
The reason your claim was denied should be noted in the denial notice you received from the SSA. However, the reason may not be entirely clear. A Cleburne, Texas, Social Security lawyer from our firm can help to clarify the reason for you. Afterward, your lawyer can help you refute the denial and provide any additional information for your appeal, such as:
- Information about any other benefits you’re getting or had
- Proof of your American citizenship or lawful alien status
- Information related to your medical condition and medications
- Your healthcare provider’s contact information
- Information about your recent employment and pay
- Tax forms
We Can Guide You Through the Appeals Process
After you and your lawyer file your appeal with the SSA, the appeals process begins. This process can involve several steps and several parties, including both you and your lawyer. Your lawyer can do a lot to help, such as file a civil lawsuit for you in the final part of the process. The four stages include:
- Reconsideration: During this part, your initial application, original evidence, refutation, and added evidence will be reviewed by the SSA. They may reverse or uphold their initial decision.
- A hearing: You can request a hearing if the SSA upholds its decision. During the hearing, everything will be reviewed again, but this time by an administrative law judge. You can have this hearing online or at a location close to you.
- A review by the Appeals Council: You can request this if you and your lawyer disagree with the judge’s decision.
- A review by the Federal Court: If you and your lawyer disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision, you can demand this.
About Our Cleburne Social Security Disability Lawyers
For over two decades now, our attorneys have been helping the people of Texas through their difficult situations. Many of our clients struggle with applying for benefits or appealing a denial of benefits, but these people desperately need financial support. Our Cleburne, TX, Social Security attorneys can help.
One of our attorneys can help you through your difficult situation too. We can confirm your eligibility for benefits and file your claim or appeal for you. If necessary, we can also file a lawsuit.
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We Have Cleburne, TX, Social Security Disability Lawyers Near You
You can learn more about our Cleburne, TX, Social Security lawyers and how they can help you (or a family member) with an SSDI or SSI benefits claim or appeal. Your consultation with us will be free, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with us. Contact us today.