If you become disabled and are no longer able to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits will help to replace the wages you can no longer earn, allowing you to support yourself without working. However, in many cases, the Social Security Administration doesn’t approve applications for benefits on the first try. If your application has been denied, you need a Berkeley Social Security disability attorney to help you fight for the benefits you deserve.
About Social Security Disability
Social Security disability, also known as “SSD”, is available to workers who meet certain requirements established under federal law. To qualify for SSD benefits, you must be unable to perform any reasonable job because of a disability that is expected to last for at least one year or to end in your death. You must also have worked enough to earn the minimum number of credits required by federal law. You can qualify for Social Security disability with either mental or physical disabilities. The exact amount of benefits you receive will depend on your work history.
After you submit your initial application for SSD benefits, you may be approved or denied by the Social Security Administration. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision. If your application is denied a second time, you can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
Do I Need an Attorney?
You can apply for disability, file appeals and request a hearing without the help of a lawyer. However, having a qualified Berkeley SSD attorney may increase your chances of success in your case. An experienced attorney can help you complete all of the necessary paperwork and build the strongest possible case prior to any hearings that may be required. In addition, federal law regulates the way Social Security disability attorneys are paid, so you can hire a cheap SSD attorney regardless of your financial situation. Your attorney will receive payment only if you win your case, and the amount you must pay is limited by law.
If you are planning to apply for Social Security disability benefits, or if your initial application has recently been denied, please contact the Law Offices of David Kizer today to learn more about hiring an attorney to help you with your Social Security disability case.