Tucson Social Security Disability Lawyers
Social Security disability benefits are a vital resource for individuals who have an illness or injury that prevents them from working.
Unfortunately, the process for getting these benefits is intimidating, complex and exhaustive. Not surprisingly, the majority of applicants are denied on their first application due to minor errors, inconsistencies and lack of information.
Enlisting the help of an experienced disability attorney can significantly increase your chances for success whether you are submitting your first application or if you are planning to appeal a denied claim.
Our Tucson Social Security Disability lawyers have decades of experience helping individuals get the benefits they need. We are familiar with the claims and appeals processes and know what it takes to submit a successful application. Contact Phillips Disability today to learn more about how we can help you.
Call 1-800-503-2000 today for a free consultation.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages two programs that provide benefits to disabled individuals. It is important to know which you qualify for because they differ in their requirements and offerings.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Any individual who has worked long enough and paid enough into Social Security should be eligible to receive SSDI.
- Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) – Unlike SSDI, qualifying for SSI does not require that you have worked and paid into Social Security. Instead it is a needs based program that is available to disabled individuals who are over the age of 65, deaf or disabled and unable to work.
Both of these programs require that individuals meet a strict definition of disability in order to qualify for benefits. This definition requires that applicants:
- Have a serious physical or mental impairment that prevents them from doing the work they did before
- Be unable to perform any other type of work
- Have a condition that has already lasted or is expected to last 12 months
The Social Security Administration maintains a list of diseases and medical conditions that qualify for benefits. Each listing includes common symptoms and objective findings that identify the level of severity a condition must meet in order to qualify for benefits. However, there are ways to get benefits even if your condition is not included in this list.
Our experienced Tucson Social Security Disability Lawyers can help you determine which program you are eligible for and help you compile the necessary paperwork to demonstrate the severity of your condition.
Because of the complex nature of the disability application process, most applicants are denied the first time they file for benefits. Unfortunately, many accept this denial as a final decision and do not pursue an appeal. This decision can cost them the important benefits they need, as more than half of denied applicants are approved on appeal.
This process, however is complex and has a number of different levels that require the guidance of an experienced disability attorney. Our Tucson Social Security Disability lawyers can guide you through each step of the appeals process, including:
- Reconsideration by another medical expert and examiner who was not affiliated with your first denial
- A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- A hearing before the Appeals Council
- A federal lawsuit against the SSA
We can help make sure that your application and appeal is thorough, complete and accurate so that you have the best chance of getting the benefits you need.
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Contact Our Dedicated Tucson Disability Lawyers
If you are considering applying for disability benefits or if your claim has already been denied, the Tucson Social Security Disability lawyers at Phillips Disability can help you through the process. We have helped countless individuals get the benefits they needed and are very familiar with what it takes to submit a successful claim.
Having an experienced attorney on your side can mean the difference between getting the benefits you need and continuing to financially struggle because you can no longer work.
You can trust that our Tucson Social Security Disability lawyers will do everything we can to help you get the help you need. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not charge any legal fees unless you get compensation.