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Social Security benefits can be extremely important for those who are living with disabilities in Florida and cannot work and earn an income.
Two types of Social Security benefits are available for disabled people: SSD (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
If you are disabled and are in need of benefits, here are some tips for increasing your chances of your SSD claim being approved, including hiring an experienced Orlando Social Security disability attorney.
For a person who is trying to apply for SSD benefits, these numbers do not look good. They demonstrate how tough it can be to have a claim approved. For this reason, following the tips for increasing your chances of your claim being approved, including hiring an attorney, is extremely important
While you do not need credits to apply for SSI, you will need Social Security credits to apply for SSD benefits. If you do not have credits, then your SSD claim will be denied.
You earn credits simply by working and paying your Social Security taxes every year.
If you are an adult, make sure you thoroughly read through the relevant Blue Book section before filing your claim. If you do not see your disability listed, or if you do not meet all criteria listed, your claim could be denied.
You will also need to make sure that you have the medical evidence necessary to prove that your disability meets the criteria. Of course, an attorney can help you to track down and compile that information.
If you leave anything out – even what seems to be the smallest detail – your claim could be denied.
When you do everything right to get ready for the hearing, it certainly will improve your chances. However, a small mistake can quickly result in a hearing failure.
In addition to reading our section on What You Need to Know about Social Security Disability Hearings, follow these tips for your SSD benefits hearing:
Gather new medical evidence and submit it in a timely manner.
Submit a brief (or have one prepared by your attorney) detailing why you should be awarded SSD benefits.
Dress appropriately, remain professional and be polite to the administrative law judge hearing your case.
Be prepared to answer questions.
Present witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
Make sure you have expert witnesses who can back you up.
Do not provide additional information other than answers to questions that you are directly asked.
Filing your appeal on time and requesting a hearing is also incredibly important. An attorney can help you to make sure that your appeal is filed within the time limit required. If your SSD benefits claim is again denied, even after your hearing, hope is not yet completely lost. You can still appeal the decision and request an appeals council review.
If your claim is denied, hiring a disability benefits attorney may be even more important, as going through the appeals process and a disability hearing without a legal representative can be a very trying experience. Read more about Your Lawyer’s Role in Your SSD Benefits Case on our website.
When you are disabled and are unable to work and earn an income, receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income can be life changing.
At Frank M. Eidson, P.A., you will find that we are ready to sit down with you to discuss your disability and the possibility of recovering benefits today.