Working with a Jacksonville Social Security Lawyer
Every day, thousands of Jacksonville residents apply for Social Security benefits after becoming disabled, experiencing an injury, or developing a medical condition. If you or your loved ones are unable to work due to a medical condition or disability, you may be entitled to benefits as well. Unfortunately, applying for social security benefits can be complicated and challenging, especially for those trying to manage their disabilities and medical conditions.
At Disability Advocates Group, we focus our law practice on helping our clients obtain the benefits they deserve. We represent clients throughout the greater Jacksonville area. We also represent clients in appealing the denial of benefits. Whatever step of the process you’re in, we can help. All of our clients know that their cases are in good hands and that we will guide them through the process to obtain the Social Security benefits they deserve as soon as possible.
Applying for Social Security Benefits in Jacksonville
In your application, you will need to show that your medical condition or disability meets the Social Security Administration criteria. Not all medical diagnoses and disabilities meet the requirements of a disability under federal law. You will need to use your work history and medical history to demonstrate that your medical condition or diagnosis is severe enough to prevent you from working.
Applicants must show that their condition is severe enough to last for at least a year or result in death. They must also show that they cannot do the same work they did before they became disabled or were diagnosed with their medical condition. Finally, applicants must show that their disability or medical condition prevents them from working in a different type of job or industry than the one they worked in before their accident.
The Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits
The Social Security Administration provides two different benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both of these benefit programs provide recipients with monthly cash benefits to help them pay their bills. However, the requirements for these benefits are different. SSI benefits are available to applicants who are disabled and unable to work. SSI benefits are income-based, and only those applicants with a minimal amount of income and assets can qualify. Currently, applicants cannot earn more than $794 a month for individuals and $1,191 a month for couples filing for SSI jointly. SSI applicants do not need to prove that they’ve earned enough work credits.
On the other hand, SSDI is a benefits program available to applicants who have paid enough into the social security system to earn sufficient work credits. SSDI benefits are available to applicants with mental and physical impairments serious enough to prevent them from engaging in regular jobs or substantial work. The disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in the applicant’s death. For applicants over the age of 30, they must have worked at least five years within the past ten years to earn enough work credits to qualify for SSDI.
Appealing a Social Security Claims Denial in Jacksonville
Unfortunately, the vast majority of first-time SSDI and SSI applications are denied by the Social Security Administration. If you have received a letter saying that the Social Security Administration has denied your claim, we recommend speaking to a lawyer as soon as possible. The letter you received will state a reason for the denial, and you will need to submit an appeal within 60 days of receiving the letter.
If you fail to appeal the denial of your claim, you will lose your ability to obtain the benefits you deserve. At Disability Advocates Group, we have extensive experience representing clients in appeals related to Social Security Disability claims. We will review your case and help you submit an appeal quickly. The first step in the appeals process is your request for a reconsideration of your case. Most applicants will need to appeal the denial of their initial claim, but that doesn’t mean the appeals process is easy.
Administrative Hearing Lawyers in Jacksonville
During the appeals process, you will likely need to attend a hearing with an administrative court judge. These hearings are not as formal as typical court hearings. Still, it is wise to participate in the hearing with an experienced Social Security lawyer who can present evidence and question you and the vocational expert involved in your case. The lawyers at Disability Advocates Group have an in-depth understanding of the SSI and SSDI appeals process. We use our knowledge and experience to advocate for our clients in front of administrative law judges during hearings.
Contact a Jacksonville Social Security Lawyer Today
If you need to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits in Jacksonville or appeal your claim’s denial, we can help. Contact Disability Advocates group as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation. Our skilled lawyer will review your case and work hard to ensure that you obtained the benefits you deserve.