Little Rock, Arkansas Social Security Disability Attorneys
SSDI Lawyers in Little Rock Helping the Disabled
A disability can make it very difficult to work and achieve financial independence. Fortunately for people living in the United States, part of our social safety net is the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which provides monthly cash benefits to people who are disabled and unable to work.
If you are applying for benefits, it is important to keep in mind that most SSDI claims are initially rejected. In fact, only 28 percent of applicants were awarded benefits after their initial application during the period of 2001 to 2010, according to data provided by the Social Security Administration. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that anyone seeking SSDI benefits speak to a Little Rock SSDI lawyer before submitting their initial application.
Am I Eligible for SSDI?
In order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must first have paid into the social security system by earning social security credits and have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability.
- Social Security Credits – these credits are based on your wages or income from self-employment, and you can earn up to four credits each year. Generally, you need forty credits in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, but younger people who have become disabled may still be able to qualify with fewer credits.
- Disability – The Social Security program has its own definition of disability that is different from other government programs. In order to be considered disabled for the purposes of receiving SSDI benefits, you must not be able to do the work that you did before you became disabled, the agency decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition or conditions, and your disability is expected to last for at least one year or be terminal.
How Can an Attorney Help Me Get SSDI Benefits?
Getting SSDI benefits can be a complicated process, and the Social Security Administration has significant discretion in determining whether to award benefits. If you are unable to work and have no income, it is critical that you start receiving your benefits as soon as possible so you can pay your bills and keep food on your table. Here are some of the specific ways that a lawyer can help you get your benefits as quickly and efficiently as possible:
- Determine whether you are eligible for SSDI benefits
- Help fill out the paperwork associated with applying for SSDI
- Gather and submit supporting documentation regarding your medical condition
- File an appeal, if necessary
- Represent you before an administrative law judge (ALJ) should your case require a hearing
- File a lawsuit on your behalf to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled
Contact The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Today to Speak with a Little Rock SSDI Lawyer
If you are disabled and are considering applying for SSDI benefits or have already applied and had your application denied, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, we understand how important it is for disabled people to get their benefits as soon as possible, and we do everything we can to ensure that our clients SSDI applications are accepted as quickly as possible.
Let The Brad Hendricks Law Firm’s experienced attorneys help you secure your Social Security benefits. For additional information, visit our Social Security Disability FAQs.
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