Getting approved for your Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits in Dalton can be hard, and many people ask a lawyer to help them. But not all lawyers are equally qualified. Some attorneys will list SSDI on their website even if they rarely work on this kind of law. The reality is that SSDI claims are very different from court cases and require experience, understanding and a good knowledge of the Social Security system. If you need your benefits approved, you deserve to get a lawyer who knows what they’re doing.
John Foy & Associates has some of the most experienced and effective Social Security Disability lawyers that help the people of Dalton. For over 20 years, we have helped individuals living with disabilities who need their benefits to get by. We believe that your SSDI payment is a right, one that is promised to you by law—and that you have already paid for out of your own paycheck. We intimately understand the SSDI application process, the appeals process and how to get your claim approved.
Don’t risk missing out on your benefits. Let us give you a free consultation. Call John Foy & Associates at 706-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How does Social Security Disability work in Dalton?
The best way to understand SSDI is to think of it like an insurance policy. The entire time you were working, money was deducted from your paycheck to fund Social Security. If you now suffer a disability that prevents you from working, Social Security will send you a regular check—essentially a replacement paycheck—so that you have income. You can use this money for rent, groceries, raising your children, or anything you feel is appropriate.
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get approved. The law says that any disabled worker will qualify, but in practice the Social Security Administration (SSA) will deny many applications. The SSA office in the City of Dalton is well-known for turning down qualified applicants because of a paperwork error or a technicality. This is why it’s so important to have a good SSDI lawyer help you with your claim.
Who is eligible for SSDI benefits in Dalton?
As a general rule: anyone who previously worked, but can no longer work because of a disability, is eligible. This includes both physical and psychological disabilities.
However, the SSA will expect you to prove your claim. They will want evidence of your past work history as well as documentation of your disability. Specifically, they need proof that:
- You previously worked enough hours (earned enough “work credits”) under SSA guidelines
- Your past work was recent (20 work credits or more in the past 10 years)
- If you didn’t work enough hours, or not recently enough, you will need to prove that you have low income
- You have a medically diagnosed condition
- Your condition is considered likely to last more than a year (or is considered terminal)
- Your condition prevents you from performing your job
- Your condition prevents you from taking on a new or different job
This is a complicated list of requirements, and you will need documentation to support every single part of it.
What specific conditions count as disabilities for SSDI?
Any condition that prevents you from working can qualify. Your condition can be due to an injury or a disease, mental or physical. It does not have to be related to an on-the-job injury. But, no matter what the condition is, the SSA will want to see that it’s a real medical condition and that it definitely prevents you from working. It’s easier to prove this about some conditions, and harder for others.
To simplify the process the SSA has made a list of “disabling conditions.” These are conditions that the SSA recognizes as potentially preventing you from working. If your condition is on this list, it’s much easier to prove your case, but you still have to show that you cannot work. Simply having the condition is not enough on its own.
Examples of disabling conditions include:
- Back problems
- Heart failure or other heart problems
- Vision loss and hearing loss
- Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or epilepsy
- Psychological disorders like anxiety disorders or clinical depression
- Gastrointestinal disorders like Irritable bowel syndrome
You can see a full list of disabling conditions here.
Some very serious conditions are subject to “compassionate allowance.” These conditions are so serious that the SSA automatically agrees you are disabled simply for having been diagnosed. These include conditions like kidney failure, terminal cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Remember, you don’t need to have any of these conditions to qualify. You can get approved for SSA with any qualified disability.
My Social Security Disability claim was already denied. What can I do?
You are not alone. Many people get their claim denied on their first try. If this happened to you, you should do two things:
- Speak to a good lawyer with SSDI experience immediately
- Stay optimistic. Even if your claim was denied, you could appeal it and get it approved
What you should not do is try your claim again on your own. If your claim was denied there is likely a problem with your paperwork or you are missing some key documentation; submitting it again will likely result in another denial. Eventually, you could run out of appeals and permanently lose your right to benefits.
When you bring your claim to us, we investigate why it was denied and we work to get all of the evidence you need to win on appeal. We can even help you see a doctor who understands your specific condition and how it affects your work life. Our lawyers help give you the strongest chance possible of getting approved.
Speak to a Dalton Social Security Disability Lawyer for Free
Your Social Security Disability benefits could be all the stands between you and being unable to pay the rent. Don’t get turned down for the benefits you’ve already paid for. At John Foy & Associates, we will give you a FREE consultation to learn how you can get the money you deserve. Call us at 706-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.