Filing a Social Security Disability benefits claim can be a complex undertaking. You need to make sure that you complete the proper paperwork and that all forms you submit are accurately and timely filed. Many delays and denials arise with SSD benefits claims due to mistakes that are made in the filing process.
Additionally, by taking care of the filing process and handling appeals if an initial claim is denied, an attorney can take some of the burden off your shoulders and allow you to focus on your health.
The lawyers of Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., have decades of experience with handling SSD benefits applications and appeals in South Carolina. If you live in Manning or a nearby community, please feel free to meet with us to receive a free consultation about your case. Simply call or connect with us online.
By filing for unemployment benefits, you are actually representing that you are physically capable of working but are simply out of work at the moment. This representation directly contradicts what you would be asserting in a claim for SSD benefits and goes against the eligibility requirements established by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
In some cases, however, a disability may be work-related. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be eligible to apply for both South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits and SSD benefits. If you were ultimately approved to receive both types of benefits, there is a possibility that your SSD benefits would simply be reduced.
In other words, your medical records must show that your condition is one that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate that your condition prevents you from doing the work you previously did and from being able to do any other job.
To develop a medical record that demonstrates your eligibility for SSD benefits, you should go to your doctor as soon as you become injured or ill. You must be specific with your doctor regarding your limitations.
Many people make the mistake of failing to file for benefits upon realizing they can no longer work. In some respects, this is understandable. Admitting you can no longer work can be a difficult experience. However, failing to take timely action won’t help your situation.
You must remember that, if you do not apply for benefits as soon as possible, you could lose your right to collect retroactive benefits. The best thing to do is to apply as soon as possible. Your application could take several months to process.
If your claim is denied, you have 60 days to file a Request for Reconsideration. If you are denied again, there are further levels of appeal that can be pursued, including going to a hearing before an administrative law judge with an attorney at your side.
Although it is not legally necessary to have an attorney represent you, we have witnessed far too many individuals attempt to obtain SSD benefits on their own – only to be denied after making a critical error.
An attorney has the training and background necessary to handle these cases. A lawyer can ensure that all of your medical records are in order, your case is in compliance with all SSA regulations and that you are seeking the full amount of benefits that you are entitled to receive.
At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., we believe that speaking with an experienced SSD benefits attorney from our firm will only benefit you. We are committed to helping disabled individuals to secure disability benefits they deserve, and we believe we have the skills and experience to truly make a difference in your case.