From the day you begin to work, money is taken from your paycheck and set aside for Social Security benefits. With this in mind, it stands to reason that when poor physical or mental health stops you from working that Social Security disability benefits would be automatic.
There is help available under SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) but getting it is another matter. The process is complicated, and as such, many claimants hire a knowledgeable Social Security attorney in Santa Ana to help and guide them.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits:
SSDI benefits are designed to help people that are unfit to work and that their debilitating condition, physical or mental, is expected to last at least one year. Upon approval, the individual is given a monthly amount.
Unfortunately, the majority of initial claims are denied. It is estimated that two-thirds of all claims are denied and returned to the claimant. If the claimant is of the opinion that he or she should be granted benefits, they have the right to appeal the decision. It is at this time when a seasoned Social Security attorney in Santa Ana should be brought in.
The appeals process:
If a claim is denied, and most are, the claimant is given sixty days to begin the appeals process. The process is multi-stage, starting with a request for reconsideration. As nothing has changed, rarely is a decision to deny benefits overturned at this stage.
The next stage is to take your appeal to an administrative law judge. During the hearing, Social Security can invite vocational and medical experts in to interview you. Going into a hearing accompanied by a Social Security attorney in Santa Ana is to your advantage, these attorneys have a great deal of experience and know what to expect and how to effectively argue your case. Claimants that are represented by an attorney during the hearing are granted benefits in the majority of cases.
If you have applied for disability benefits only to be denied, you should consider hiring a Social Security attorney in Santa Ana. You are invited to discuss your claim with business name.