It’s important to note that the Social Security Administration is a maze of red tape that can be hard to navigate for many people. Truthfully, the Social Security Administration is hoping that because of the difficulty of filing for benefits, you will give up or settle them for less than you deserve.
The Social Security Disability attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers in Georgia understand that receiving Social Security Disability could mean the difference between paying your bills or not. We can evaluate your case and come up with a plan once we’ve completed that we will stand up and fight for your legal and financial rights.
How Do I Build A SSD Claim?
If you have a physical or mental condition that causes you to be disabled, you may qualify for SSD benefits. Keep in mind that the word ‘disability’ means more than a medical term. In addition to the medical terminology, this word has educational, legal, vocational, and other consequences.
Building your claim largely depends on your condition. For example, limited shoulder movement will affect a construction worker who may qualify with that condition, much more than a college professor who may not be eligible for limited shoulder movement.
Conditions that are Fast-Tracked
In some cases, the word ‘disability’ isn’t relevant. The Social Security Administration will presume that certain conditions are disabling regardless of your educational, vocational, or other circumstances. The shortlist that qualify for the fast track includes:
- Organ Transplants
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cancer in some areas such as lung, bladder, thyroid, and breast cancer, and it depends on what stage your cancer is.
Blue Book Conditions
A list of presumptive conditions is contained in the SSD Blue Book. While these changes at times, many remain the same. Some of the terms that generally appear on the list include:
- Non-fast track cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Advanced ADHD
- Kidney Disease
- Sensory loss
- Back injuries
- COPD and other breathing conditions
- Depression and other affective disorders
You will have to have a current diagnosis and prove that your condition is disabling. To be disabling, your condition must interfere with your daily life.
Some conditions have specific requirements, or, in the alternative, you may have to show that the cure is worse than the disease itself. For example, if the medicine your taking has a high-dosage requirement and so many side-effects that it is disabling.
Carrollton, Georgia Social Security Disability Lawyers, and CFR 404.1526 Conditions
CFR 404.1526 can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations and contains the equivalency of a medical loophole. People with conditions that are medically equivalent to Blue Book conditions might be able to file a claim for SSD benefits. The Carrollton, Georgia SSD attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers don’t use this loophole very often because the list of Blue Book conditions is comprehensive.
What Can I Expect in a Social Security Disability Claim?
As of January 1, 2020, the maximum Social Security Disability monthly benefit is $2,788.00. This amount will vary depending on:
- The nature of your condition
- The extent of your disability
- If there are dependents in your household
Your Social Security Disability benefits could be temporary or permanent. Your temporary benefits could last for up to twelve months. The length of time you may receive benefits depends on a few conditions, mainly the nature and extent of your disability.
The first step is to file your paperwork to a Claims Examiner. It’s essential to keep in mind that the Social Security Administration’s claims examiners have huge caseloads and little experience. They sometimes make legal calculations and mistakes.
Our Carrollton, Georgia Social Security Disability attorneys, can challenge any evidence, make critical legal arguments, and advocate for you with the Social Security Administration. Our attorneys are also excellent at negotiating, and you may be entitled to retroactive benefits as of the date you filed for benefits.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Because Social Security Disability claims are incredibly complex, and you need a strong advocate to fight for your legal and financial rights. We offer a free consultation so we can evaluate your case and advise you about your next steps. We do not charge upfront fees in our Social Security Disability cases.
If you or a loved one is disabled and needs to file for Social Security Disability benefits in Carrollton, Georgia, contact us today.