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A Guide to Understanding Social Security Benefits

Experienced Bradenton Social Security Disability attorney helps you understand your legal rights and create a successful case for benefits

Most people think about retirement benefits when they talk about Social Security. You work all your life and pay taxes into the system, and you collect a percentage of your salary when you retire. The Social Security system offers more than retirement benefits. The system also provides disability benefits for those who can no longer work because of a physical or mental disability. The disability might be caused by an accident or a serious medical condition.

Applying for benefits is not always cut and dry, and a large percentage of initial applications are rejected. Working with a skilled Bradenton Social Security disability attorney from Golden Injury Attorneys can help. We put together the strongest case possible to get the benefits you need. If your application has been rejected, we help you mount a strong appeal, collecting back pay for benefits in addition to establishing a monthly benefit schedule.

Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits

In order to get Social Security disability benefits, you must have enough work “credits” and you must prove that you are disabled and that your disability impairs your ability to work for a year or more. Determining your work credits is fairly simple. You have to have 40 credits to be eligible for benefits, and 20 of those credits have to be earned within the last 10 years. Credits are determined by wages, and the guidelines change from year to year. For example, in 2015, one credit was equal to $1,220 in income.

Proving medical disability is the more difficult part of the process, and it is the reason why many applications are rejected. You have to show that you can’t do the work you did before and are unable to adjust to other types of work. Doctors can disagree on how your condition impairs your ability to work, and the agency may decide that you are able to do other types of work.

Our Bradenton Social Security disability attorneys help you put together the right documents to prove your disability and its impact on your ability to work. It is especially important to put together the right evidence when your disability is more ambiguous, such as chronic clinical depression. We work with the right experts to get the right evidence to build a strong case.

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Navigating the appeals process

Since the majority of Social Security disability applications are initially denied, it is likely that you will have to file an appeal in order to get the benefits you deserve.

There are four levels to the appeals process: The Request for Reconsideration, a hearing with an administrative law judge, a review by the Appeals Council, and a review by a federal court.  Working with our SSD attorneys increases your odds of success at every level of the appeals process. We help you understand what’s required for each appeal and  help you to avoid costly mistakes.

Call our Bradenton SSD lawyers now to start a successful appeal for Social Security disability benefits

A Bradenton Social Security disability attorney from Golden Injury Attorneys is ready to fight for you, to get the benefits you need to protect your future. If you have been denied the rights you feel you deserve, call us at (941) 782-1209 to schedule a free consultation or use our secure, online form to contact us. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only collect a fee from the award we win for you. Offices located in Bradenton and Brandon.

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