An Experienced Hopkinsville, Kentucky Disability Law Firm
If you have a physical or cognitive disability that has left you unable to work, it’s possible you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.
The benefits paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are designed to help you pay for every day bills and living expenses, however, the large majority of people who apply for disability benefits will be denied.
Fortunately, the Social Security Disability attorneys of Fletcher Law Firm have more than 35 years of experience in navigating the SSA’s red tape and helping the people of Western Kentucky receive the disability benefits they deserve.
How Does the SSA Define Disability?
According to the SSA, a person may be considered disabled if their physical or cognitive impairments prevent them from obtaining gainful employment, and the condition(s) have lasted for 12 months, or are expected to last 12 months or is a condition that is termed fatal.
The SSA’s website includes a Blue Book of listed medical conditions and associated symptoms that a person must experience to be considered for disability benefits.
If you don’t see your specific condition, it’s still possible to receive benefits if medical records indicate that your impairment is equal to one listed in the SSA’s Blue Book.
The Importance of a Strong Application for Disability Benefits
One of the most important factors that determine if you will be awarded disability benefits is whether or not your application is properly filed and supported by the correct medical evidence.
The SSA has implemented strict qualification guidelines, defined disability in the narrowest of terms, and often denies deserving people of benefits in their fight to identify fraudulent claims.
In other words, there is no room for making a mistake on your application, and without a qualified disability attorney to help you file, your chances of being approved are drastically reduced.
If you've already been denied, we can evaluate your initial claim and ruling to help strengthen your disability case as you prepare re-file or appeal your ruling.
Being turned down for Social Security Disability benefits shouldn’t discourage you. Instead, it should encourage you to contact an experienced disability attorney to help you.
In the event that a person’s injury or disability is work-related, he or she might consider filing a workers’ compensation claim for benefits instead of or in addition to Social Security disability benefits.
Every case is different and our knowledgeable attorneys understand the process, allowing them to foresee obstacles and better negotiate the pathway.
Social Security Disability Insurance vs Supplemental Security Income
Depending on your eligibility, there are two types of disability benefits provided by the SSA:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an earned benefit, meaning the total benefits you receive will largely be dependent upon whether or not you have enough credits that entitle you to SSDI and how much you made during your working career.
- Our attorneys can help identify the total amount of Social Security taxes you paid while you were working and you’re your number of earned work credits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based benefit, meaning you must have a limited income and less than $2,000 in individual resources and $3,000 in family resources.
- SSI is capped at a monthly maximum, however, the figures are often adjusted to account for cost of living variables. Our attorneys will verify with you the most up-to-date dollar amount when you contact our office.
Talk to an Experienced Kentucky Disability Benefits Attorney
The SSA doesn’t make receiving benefits easy for anyone. They employ medical experts and highly skilled legal professionals to help deny disability claims.
It’s time you fight back with your team of professionals.
The Fletcher Law Firm has been practicing in Hopkinsville since 1975. In addition to Christian County, we also serve the people of Western Kentucky, including Hopkins County, Trigg County, Todd County and Logan County.
Make the SSA take notice of your application by contacting Fletcher Law Firm at (270) 886-7671.