The Social Security Disability Claims Process

If you have found yourself too disabled to work, you may not know where to turn or how to provide for yourself and your family. Fortunately, help is available. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits through two different benefits programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Although Social Security Disability benefits are supposed to be a lifeline to people who are disabled, qualifying for benefits is very difficult because the SSA is extremely concerned with preventing fraud. The result is that many legitimate applications are initially denied, leaving people without the benefits they need. Our lawyers at Musselwhite, Meinhart & Staples will help you through the process of appealing the denial of your SSDI and SSI benefits. We have more than 80 years of combined experience helping people in Radcliff, Elizabethtown and throughout north central Kentucky with SSDI and SSI claims.

What To Know About SSDI Benefits

SSDI is a program for people who have worked for a long period of time and earned work credits before becoming disabled. SSI, on the other hand, is a needs-based program for people who have not acquired the work credits necessary for SSDI. SSI is a program limited to people who have minimal or no income. You will need to determine if you qualify based on financial limitations in your family in order to apply for SSI benefits.

If you meet the basic requirements, then you'll need to prove you are severely disabled with a long-term condition in order to get benefits. This is the most difficult aspect of applying for Social Security Disability. The SSA has a really narrow definition of disabled and you will need solid medical proof to show that you are completely unable to work before your benefits claim will be approved.

The SSA has a "Blue Book" which contains the listing of impairments usually considered sufficiently severe to make you eligible for benefits. You must be able to show you have specific symptoms that the SSA requires for that condition. If you cannot prove you have these symptoms or if your medical problem isn't listed, you'll need to prove your illness or injury is just as severe and makes it impossible to have a job. We can help you determine if your conditions meet the social security criteria.

Was Your Claim Denied?

Visit our Application And Appeals Process Page to learn more about your options after a denial. Your claim will be approved or denied by the SSA depending on how they rule on your disability. If your claim is denied, you are able to appeal the decision. Our attorneys will help you with the initial application and appeal process. We have almost a century of collective experience representing disabled clients in Kentucky. We have helped thousands of individuals obtain the benefits they need. Let us put our legal knowledge to work for you.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

We will advocate for you every step of the way. We know what we are doing and how to help you and your family. Arrange a free consultation by calling 270-872-4537 or sending us an email.