Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, exists to provide valuable benefits to disabled Americans. If you believe you have a medical condition, illness, or injury that qualifies under the SSDI program, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Janet E. Booker, P.C. in Dallas, I understand exactly what you are going through and use every resource at my disposal to help you with your claim. Drawing on my more than two decades of experience handling disability cases, I have the knowledge and skill to assist you in getting the benefits you deserve.
Before you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, you should review the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) eligibility requirements. With extensive experience handling SSDI cases, I have a deep understanding of the qualifications needed for a successful claim. Your disability benefit is based on your income on which you’ve paid Social Security taxes.
While you may indeed be disabled, your disability must meet the definition recognized by the SSA:
Furthermore, the SSA will scrutinize your work history to determine if you worked long enough and recently enough to qualify. I will carefully examine your medical history and records as well as your work history to determine your chances of qualifying for benefits.
Many Americans are surprised to find out that the majority of all initial SSDI claims are denied. You can improve your chances of having your claim accepted by enlisting the help of a knowledgeable lawyer. While you have the option of applying online, the process is fraught with confusing questions and requests for information that you may not have readily available, and any errors or omissions will almost certainly result in your initial claim being denied.
In addition to helping you file your application, I can assist you in preparing for your interview with an SSA claims representative. To expedite the process and increase your chances of obtaining benefits, you should bring the following information to your interview:
It is vital to your claim that you supply as much information as possible about your employment and medical history. Ultimately, the SSA compares your work history to your condition in order to determine your eligibility for benefits.
If your initial SSDI claim is denied, you have the option of filing an appeal, known as a request for reconsideration. During this time, a new disability examiner will handle your case to determine if the initial examiner made any obvious mistakes. Whether you need to be sent to a physical examiner or consultative examiner depends on the reason your application was initially denied.
By carefully reviewing your medical records, work history, and other documents, I can determine if the SSA made a mistake with your initial claim or if you have further medical evidence the administration should consider.
The initial SSDI claims process and the initial request for reconsideration are similar in that they are both reviewed by a disability examiner. If your initial appeal is denied, you then have the option of requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). To initiate this process, I can help you fill out a hearing appeal request and an appeal disability report form.
After your request is submitted, you should receive a letter notifying you of the date of your hearing, the location, and the name of the ALJ who will oversee your case. I will attend the hearing with you to advocate for your rights. If this appeal is denied, you still have options that we can consider.
The Law Office of Janet E. Booker, P.C. is dedicated to helping disabled Texans obtain SSDI benefits. Call 972-546-1381 or contact me online to arrange a free consultation at my Dallas office.