Social Security Disability LawyersBross & Frankel, P.A. was founded by a former Social Security benefit authorizer with a simple premise in mind: to give our clients an edge in fighting for the Social Security benefits they need by combining the skills of a trial attorney with the knowledge of a disability advocate. If you need help with your Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, contact the experienced disability benefits lawyers at Bross & Frankel to receive prompt, personal attention with your application or denial appeal.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?In order to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits you either have to have stopped working, or reduced your work activity below what Social Security calls "substantial gainful activity." Your gross earnings, before taxes are taken out, have to be less than $1,170 per month for 2017. There are very few exceptions to this rule. To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be able to show that:
- You suffered a serious personal injury or illness on a list of recognized impairments
- You are not able to work as a direct result of your personal injury or illness
- Your injury or illness is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
- You are not able to perform past relevant work or other types of work as a direct result of your injury or illness
Filing a Claim for SSD or SSI BenefitsFiling your SSD or SSI claim can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Speaking with a knowledgeable Social Security benefits lawyer before starting your application can make all the difference. First you need to decide how you want to apply. You can file a claim online, over the phone, or at a local Social Security office. There is some information you should have ready when you apply:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Records of your work history (Social Security focuses on your last 15 years of work)
- Information on any recent earnings (if possible, your most recent W-2 form)
- Contact information for doctors, therapists, and any hospitals where you have been treated
- Information on the medications you take
Appealing a Denied SSD or SSI Claim
Most initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. An experienced disability benefits lawyer can review your claim, and identify those errors that lead to the denial. Sometimes there is critical evidence missing, or a well-meaning but unhelpful medical opinion. Other times, Social Security may determine that earnings on your record constitute work activity, and deny your claim without even evaluating your medical conditions.
Bross & Frankel has appealed these issues countless times and successfully reversed improperly denied Social Security benefits. If your claim has been denied, contact us as soon as possible to get your SSD or SSI benefits approved.
Speak with your disability advocate today 856-795-8880