Experienced Attorneys Supporting Your Right To Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are unable to work as you once did because of one or more disabilities due to injuries or a medical condition, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Even when people qualify, though, they often need the help of a lawyer to get these benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) often denies applications on the first try. An appeal in an administrative hearing or court may bring the desired approval. If we advise you on your application for SSD benefits, we can help you determine whether you qualify for benefits, assist with your application and, if necessary, appeal a denial.
About The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program, Applications, Denials And Appeals
Normally, when you work as an employee or as a self-employed person, you pay into the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program through your payroll taxes or income tax. If you have worked long enough and recently enough – and then become disabled – you may qualify to make a claim for benefits if you become disabled and are unable to work.
Workers who pay into the SSDI program can accumulate up to four credits per year. In the words of the SSA: “The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age when you become disabled. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years.…However, younger workers may qualify with fewer credits.” An attorney with experience in SSDI claims can help you determine the work history requirements in your case.
If you apply for benefits and are denied, this does not necessarily mean that your case is over. Many people with disabilities succeed in getting benefits after their claims were initially denied. A successful appeal often involves getting additional medical evidence and/or opinions from vocational experts. Our SSDI attorneys are ready to help you build a strong case to overcome a denial if you truly cannot work because of one or more disabilities.
Get Legal Advice Without Risk
There is no financial risk in speaking with one of our SSD lawyers to learn how we can help. At Bonilla & Chapa, P.C., we offer free initial consultations. Our clients do not pay attorney fees unless we obtain lump-sum past-due benefits for them. Many clients have received their rightful benefits thanks to our guidance.