FAYETTEVILLE Social Security Disability Attorneys
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
Each year in the United States millions of Americans receive some form of Social Securitydisability benefits. Approximately 17.5% of adults suffer from functional limitations that make it difficult to perform daily tasks.
Disabling conditions are relatively common among adults, but obtaining Social Securitydisability benefits can be difficult due to the complex process. It can take months even years before your SSD claim gets approved or even denied. That is why it is critical to have a team of experienced SSD lawyers on your side to help you get through the process and help your claim be approved faster.
Your work and medical history are extremely important when filing for SSD benefits. Make sure to keep a detailed record of all medical conditions, doctor visits, and medical records; this is critical. At Caddell Reynolds, your case will be handled by an experienced Arkansas Social Security Disability attorney who will make sure your files are up to date and filed properly.
If your disability prevents you from working and earning an income and you’ve worked enough “quarters” (and earned enough of an income) to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability.
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Caddell Reynolds has been serving Arkansas & Oklahoma clients for many years. Our experienced Fayetteville Social Securitydisability attorneys are dedicated to finding solutions to problems for our clients. Contact us at one of our offices near you for a free consultation.
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Overview of the Social Security Disability Application Process
You can apply online for Social Security Disability on the Social Security Administration’s website. To begin, you will need to print out the Adult Disability Checklist that provides a list of information necessary to complete your SSD application. In addition to citizenship and birth information, you will need proof of the following:
- Marriage or divorce documents
- Name(s) of prior spouse(s) in marriages lasting at least 10 years or ending in the death of the spouse
- Beginning and ending dates and locations of all marriages
- Employment and/or self-employment details (if applicable) and W-2s
- Your Social Securityinformation (amount of lifetime earnings)
- Bank account and direct deposit information
- List of medical conditions preventing you from working
- Detailed information regarding your doctors, specialty physicians, and hospitals and clinics visited
- Dates and addresses describing all medical exams, tests, and treatments received
- Education information, including high school, college, and vocational certifications
This is just a partial list of items needed to complete a Social Security Disability application, but should give you an idea of all the records you need to gather to get the process moving forward.
Why You Should Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney
Social Security Disability applications submitted by experienced attorneys have a greater chance of being approved the first time than applications submitted by individuals seeking benefits. When Social Security representatives encounter applicants represented by legal counsel, they are well aware these applications are correctly filled out with all the documentation included. In other words, Social Security representatives know that denying such claims will produce an immediate appeal by the applicant’s attorney.
ASocial Security Disability appeal can be complicated and confusing as you potentially face four different levels of appeal. In addition to the Social Security Administration reviewers and their attorneys, you are also responsible for filing the complaint in the appropriate Federal District Court in your area. You must also present an opening brief, a reply brief and ensure that required legal documents are received on time. Finally, if you do pursue your Social Security Disability appeal without legal counsel, you risk having your appeal dismissed if federal court rules are not explicitly followed. This is one of many reasons why it is essential that you are represented by a Social Security Disability attorney with Caddell Reynolds who is experienced with writing Social Security Disability appeal briefs at the Federal District Court level.
If you are preparing to file a Social Security Disability application or if you have been denied, contact a Social Security Disability attorney at Caddell Reynolds at (800) 889-6944 for a free legal consultation.
Three Important Things That Your SSD Attorney Will Do for You
For millions of Americans living with disability, SSD benefits are a lifeline and a critical form of support. By hiring a Social Security Disability attorney, you gain the expertise and diligence of someone who knows how to navigate the system.
Despite its importance, the bureaucracy that administers SSD benefits is rarely easy to navigate. Applicants discover that misinterpretations of the law or technical mistakes are enough to result in denial of benefits. Your lawyer is committed to furthering your best interests, whether it’s during the initial application process or in later appeals. Here are just three ways an SSD attorney can safeguard your legal rights.
Properly Complete Paperwork
The Social Security Administration requires multiple forms, including medical records, as part of your application. Your lawyer helps you complete these forms correctly, describing any limitations you experience because of your physical or mental condition. Often, clients who attempt to do the paperwork on their own leave out vital information needed to prove their disability.
Additionally, clients often think they have done everything right, only to learn they’ve used incorrect forms or spoken to the wrong individuals. For example, a physician’s note is usually not enough to support an application for SSD benefits, even if that doctor’s opinion is clearly on your side.
Appeal a Denied Application
Unfortunately, many initial SSD applications are denied. The appeals process has many stages, although you may not have to go through every stage if you are successful in getting the SSA to reverse its decision. Your attorney will assist you in gathering the required medical documentation, including getting the right information from doctors, to support your claim.
If your application is denied at the reconsideration stage, you may continue the appeal process and attend a hearing to make your case. Your lawyer will advocate for your interests by speaking on your behalf. Importantly, your attorney will work with you in order to ensure the decision-makers have up-to-date and relevant information on your condition.
Provide Professional Knowledge
In order to win your SSD case, you must meet the SSA’s criteria. This means following the administration’s strict evaluation process. An attorney can walk you through these steps, ensuring you have all of the required elements to prove you are eligible for benefits. In order to receive SSD benefits, it’s not enough to have a disability; you must also prove it to the administrative decision-makers.
The law firm of Caddell Reynolds helps applicants in Arkansas and Oklahoma to get the disability benefits to which they are entitled. To learn how we can help you, contact us for a consultation at (800) 889-6944.
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