Compassionate Legal Assistance In Your Time Of Need
Being unable to work due to disability creates serious financial hardship and can greatly impact your sense of self-worth. Thankfully, help is available in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Best, Heyns, Schroeder & Best P.C. is one of the only firms in the Jackson area that offers assistance to individuals applying for SSDI, and we are ready to handle your case from initial application through all levels of appeal.
Qualifying For SSDI: Physical Considerations And Work History
The Social Security Administration has strict criteria for SSDI eligibility. Below is a very basic overview.
Work history: Nearly all of us pay into Social Security (retirement and disability funds) through payroll FICA deductions. In order to qualify for disability benefits, you need to have earned a certain number of “work credits” based on your age, including a certain number within the past decade.
Disabling condition: You must have a disabling condition (or set of conditions) expected to last at least one year or to result in death. The disability must be severe enough to prevent you from doing the work that you once did or engaging in other significant gainful employment.
Your medical records are a crucial aspect of your application, and proper documentation is key. You may need to work with your doctor to create the proper “paper trail” to satisfy the requirements imposed by the SSDI application.
Do You Need An Attorney When Seeking Disability Benefits?
It is not legally necessary to hire an attorney when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or appealing a denied claim. You can go through the steps on your own. That being said, most applicants find the process to be lengthy, confusing, frustrating and unsuccessful without the help of an attorney.
The unfortunate truth is that the SSDI process is complex and bureaucratic by design, and many legitimate claims are denied for benign reasons (such as small errors or omissions). Our legal team will ensure that you present the strongest possible application for why you deserve benefits, complete with all necessary supporting documents, medical records and other compelling evidence. While no attorney can guarantee success, we can say that most clients find working with an attorney makes the whole experience easier and more likely to end favorably.
Discuss Your Options In A Free Initial Consultation
Choosing whether to hire an attorney can feel like a big decision, but we try to make it as easy as possible. When it comes to help with your Social Security Disability case, we offer free consultations and take all cases on contingency. That means you pay no fees unless you win your case.
Located in Jackson, Best, Heyns, Schroeder & Best P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Michigan. To discuss your options with one of our skilled attorneys, call us at 517-787-2620 or fill out our online contact form.