Social Security Disability Attorneys in FL
Denied Social Security? Attorneys at Burnetti, P.A. Help Secure Benefits for the Injured
The Social Security Administration extends financial benefits to provide assistance for hardships that may occur throughout life, not just during retirement. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on prior work under Social Security; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are made based on financial need. If denied social security, SSDI or SSI benefits, or applying for benefits for the first time, a denied social security disability lawyer can help with the process.
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- Why Were My Social Security Benefits Denied?
- Who Is Eligible for SSI and SSDI?
- Why Hire a Lawyer for SSI or SSDI Benefits?
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Why Were My Social Security Benefits Denied?
Receiving a denial of your Social Security benefits application can be frustrating and confusing. Understanding the reasons for the denial can help you determine your next steps. Here are some common reasons why Social Security benefits are denied:
- Lack of eligibility: The most common reason for Social Security benefit denials is simply that the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements. You may not have enough work credits, have not worked long enough, or do not meet the age requirements.
- Medical eligibility: To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from working for at least 12 months. If your medical condition is not severe enough, you may not meet the medical eligibility requirements.
- Technical errors: Sometimes, Social Security benefits applications are denied due to technical errors. For example, you may have filled out your application incorrectly, or your application may have been missing necessary documentation.
- Income and resources: If you have too much income or too many resources, you may be ineligible for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration has specific rules about what types of income and resources are counted, so it's important to understand these rules when applying.
- Criminal activity: If you have a criminal record or are currently incarcerated, you may not be eligible for Social Security benefits.
If you receive a denial of your Social Security benefits application, don't give up hope. You have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process can be lengthy, but with the help of an experienced attorney or advocate, you may be able to successfully appeal the decision and receive the benefits you deserve.
Who Is Eligible for SSI and SSDI?
Workers and employers pay Social Security taxes. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is financed with these taxes, and acts as insurance to workers who have earned sufficient credits based on taxable work. The amount of the monthly benefit is based on Social Security earnings of the insured worker.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to adults and children who are disabled or blind and meet various other requirements. If you believe you are eligible, a social security administration attorney can help explain disability law and the application procedure.
Why Hire a Lawyer for SSI or SSDI Benefits?
In order to receive Social Security benefits, you must be able to prove your injury or disability that prevents you from working; a social security disability application may be denied because the form did not provide enough information.
When applying for benefits, a social security benefits attorney assists with compiling medical documentation and oversees that doctors answer all questions accurately and completely. This includes the opinion of the treating physician.
Appealing a denied disability claim is a complicated process that must adhere to deadlines; if an appeal is not filed before the deadline, the applicant may not receive maximum Social Security benefits. An attorney that practices social security disability law understands the claim process and can help meet the appeal deadlines.
Contact a Florida Social Security Disability Lawyer
While it is not necessary to have a lawyer assist with filing a social security disability application or to appeal a denied claim, thorough explanation and presentation of a disability may help obtain SSI or SSDI benefits.
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