What You Should Know About Filing a Social Security Disability Claim
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One of our practice areas at the John Price Law Firm is worker’s compensation, including expertise in Social Security claims. If you are unable to work due to a disability, you can apply for a Social Security disability claim and receive compensation. Typically, these applications can be handled on your own without the help of an attorney. However, an attorney can be helpful if you are denied the claim.
People are denied disability claims for a variety of reasons. If you are still working, you will absolutely lose the claim. You must be unemployed due to a disability in order to secure a Social Security claim. If you are able to find and perform gainful employment, you are able and therefore do not qualify for the disability. Another stipulation for the claim requires that you are unemployed for 5 months prior to your application, and that your disability is expected to last longer than at least 12 months.
Young people are often denied a Social Security claim. In the eyes of the Social Security Administration, young people have time to find alternatives to disability compensation. Having opportunities to explore other options is cited as reason for denying the claim. Additionally, those with extensive education may be denied a claim, as they may be able to find ways to apply that education in employment that have not yet been explored.
There are also certain conditions that do not qualify as a disability when filing a claim. Heart disease is one such condition. However, the story is different when it comes to chronic congestive heart failure. This condition may leave you unable to perform certain tasks and requirements for employment, and therefore may qualify as disability.
There are many stipulations when it comes to receiving a Social Security disability claim, and here at the John Price Law Firm we are happy to consult with you on the matter. If you are denied, we will let you know whether or not you have a case, as we do not want you to waste your time filing another claim just to be denied again. If you do not qualify for a claim, usually due to one of the reasons above, we can offer information and alternative options for your particular situation.
The conditions and qualifications for Social Security disability can be tricky to navigate, and the attorneys at the John Price Law Firm are happy to help you understand the system and how it may or may not benefit you. If you have any questions or are looking for representation, contact us online or call us at (843) 552-6011.