How To Get Your Disability Benefits

If you've been denied Social Security disability benefits, then you might not know what to do. Luckily, there are lawyers who specialize in helping individuals in your exact situation.

What are Social Security attorneys?

These are lawyers who mainly take cases involving individuals who have been unable to secure their disability benefits from the government for one reason or another. They are experienced in this field and are thus the most qualified to help you win your case.

How can one qualify for Social Security disability?

Here's a quick checklist to help you figure out whether you have a solid case for disability:

  • Are you employed? You must not be presently employed in order to qualify for disability. By definition, disability is only given to individuals who are unable to perform work due to an injury.
  • Do you have an injury of sufficient severity? This can be the most difficult to establish. Your injury can be physical or a psychological impairment, but it must be problematic enough to prevent you from being employed. If the injury is not damaging enough in the eyes of the Social Security Administration, then your claim will be substantially harder to prove.
  • Will the injury prevent you from working for at least a year? To get disability, you must have an injury that will either preclude employment for more than 12 months or result in death.
  • When did you get the injury? If you recently received the injury, then it might be harder to prove your claim. After all, you don't know if your injury will heal quickly or whether you will be able to work in several months. Therefore, your best bet is to pursue a disability claim several months after you have been injured. That way, you can prove that the injury is chronic and is affecting your ability to work for a long period of time.

Now, this checklist won't definitively tell you whether or not you qualify for disability, but if you do pass each of these criteria, then you stand a very good chance of getting disability coverage. The only way to know whether or not you can get disability is to submit a claim.

This is where a Social Security attorney can help you. They can help establish the severity of the injury and create a compelling claim. You will have a much greater chance of success if you consult a Social Security attorney, such as one from Ball & Ferrari.