Your doctor’s opinion is important, but that alone does not qualify you for benefits. The Social Security Administration has its own criteria for determining disability.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for people with little or no income and resources. Your SSI monthly amount is based on a financial need. It is also determined by different formulas that use such factors as total household income and your entitlement to a DIB benefit, long-term disability benefit or workers’ compensation benefit.
You have a limited time to appeal your initial denial – don’t wait to see if your health improves. Contact Hanley Disability, today. Let our experience help win you the benefits you deserve.
A lawyer can help you avoid common mistakes people make when applying or appealing. For example, if you make a mistake filling out the paperwork, it may be difficult to correct later on. The most cost-effective approach is often to hire a good attorney to walk you through the initial claim, so you have the best chance possible to win benefits.
Frank Hanley has practiced Social Security Disability law for over 43 years and has helped thousands of people in Indiana win benefits.
Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in Social Security Disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get – not to exceed $6,000. There is no fee if you lose.
Get in touch with our firm as soon as you can, so we can help. We’ll make sure your application is complete, accurate and strong. You will need to provide information on your medical conditions, treatment, medication and work history. We help gather all the right documents.
A hearing is conducted by the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review of the Social Security Administration. An Administrative Law Judge will preside over your case and testimony is taken under oath.
The hearing is also private. The only people present will be the Judge and the Judge’s assistant, you, your attorney, and any witnesses you may want to have present. Often the Judge may ask a vocational expert and/or medical expert to testify about your ability to work.
Medical records and a medical expert will be accepted as evidence. The Judge or your attorney will ask you about your present medical condition, medical history, abilities, education, training, work experience and the limitations in your daily life caused by your disability. You or your attorney may make a closing argument that you are entitled to benefits under Social Security.
Yes. Frank has over 45 years of experience practicing Social Security Disability Law. At Hanley Disability, Social Security Disability law is all we do.
Be completely honest with Social Security in their requests for information, both financial and medical.
Go to your doctors and treatment providers for two reasons. The first reason is for your health. The second reason is because Social Security bases its decisions on the medical evidence in your file. If you are not going for treatment, Social Security can assume that your condition is not severe enough to require treatment.
Don’t give up. It is very common for Social Security to deny claims; it is easy to become discouraged and believe it is useless to pursue your benefits. Your greatest chance to win your claim is at the hearing level, when a judge will personally meet with you and hear your complaints and problem.
It’s also important to hire an experienced attorney to represent you who understands Social Security’s rules and requirements. It is also important to do this at the earliest stage possible in your claim for Social Security Disability.
Yes, as long as you don’t earn much. According to Social Security rules, you can collect Social Security Disability benefits if your income represents less than you could earn through Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
The exact amount changes annually, and it depends on your disability, but in 2013, the maximum before taxes monthly income was $1,040 for most people, and $1,740 for the blind.
The formulas can be complicated, however, so talk to a disability attorney before you start working. If your income is too high, your benefits could be denied altogether. It’s best that you contact us for an evaluation of your situation, free of charge.
You can file for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. Anyone who suffers a serious illness or injury and is expected to be out of work for a year or more should not delay in filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits.
Yes. The Social Security Administration looks at age as one of the factors when determining disability. The administration evaluates age as follows:
Yes. If it is necessary for you to attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, an attorney from Frank Hanley’s office will personally represent you.
Contact our office today. We’ll arrange a consultation to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If you do, we’ll help you start the proceedings for the best chance to win.