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Understanding Social Security Disability and What Makes You Eligible

Have you recently been injured, or do you suffer from a physical disability, illness or disease? It is important to understand all of your options, and whether you qualify to receive Social Security benefits.

Have you been denied benefits?

Social Security laws are complicated, and it is difficult to obtain benefits on your own. Or maybe you have applied for benefits and been denied. Law firms like Snow, Carpio and Weekly are familiar with Social Security law and can effectively get you the benefits you deserve. The majority of first time claims for Social Security are denied. Do not be discouraged. Contact a professional who specializes in Social Security law.

What is a qualifying disability?

A person applying for benefits does not have to meet the specific requirements for a certain condition or illness in order to obtain benefits. You can obtain benefits if your illness or condition matches the criteria on the list of qualifying disabilities. Also, if your condition affects your ability to work and perform your regular daily activities, then it is important to apply for Social Security benefits so you can start getting the benefits you deserve. Your attorney will review the entire list of qualifying disabilities with you.

Can I receive disability payments for a mental illness?

Yes, you can receive disability for a mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness often prevents those affected from seeking benefits. Don’t let that stop you. There are many people suffering from mental illness who successfully obtain Social Security disability and now have the peace of mind that financial security offers.

What will SSA consider?

When you apply, the Social Security Administration will look at your condition, and assess your ability to perform your daily tasks and if there is a job you can do safely and effectively. Your work history and current skills are also taken into consideration.

Can an attorney really help?

Yes, being represented by a lawyer can greatly increase your odds of being approved for benefits, especially if you have been turned down before.

How much does an attorney cost?

Most attorneys who specialize in disability law offer the first consultation free of charge, and will provide advice on your odds of getting benefits. Fees charged are only collected upon winning of your case, and all fees charged are approved by the Social Security Administration.

Your health and financial well-being is being jeopardized every day without the benefits you deserve. Contact an attorney today.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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