Are you ready to apply for Social Security Disability? Has your application already been rejected? Instead of trying to navigate the complex web of Social Security Disability on your own, let an attorney from Bogin, Munns & Munns take charge of your Kissimmee case.
Filing for Social Security Disability benefits may involve filing a lot of paperwork, collecting specific types of evidence, and even appealing an unfavorable decision. We can take all of that work off your shoulders and make the entire process less arduous for you.
We Manage Social Security Disability Cases
Bogin, Munns & Munns understands how difficult it can be to fight for Social Security Disability on your own. An attorney from our Kissimmee office can ease your burden by taking over the case and guiding you through the entire process. That process may include the following steps:
Social Security Disability is a very complicated subject. We can demystify it by:
- Telling you what to apply for: We can explain the differences between the two types of Social Security Disability and help you figure out which one you qualify for.
- Explaining the steps: We can go over the entire application and appeals process with you ahead of time, so that you will not be caught unaware by anything that happens.
- Answering your questions: We are here to help in any way we can and are always happy to alleviate our clients’ concerns.
If you have not yet started the application process, we can get the ball rolling by:
- Filing the right paperwork: These forms can get complex, and even one mistake could derail your application, so let us take care of all the paperwork so you do not have to worry about it.
- Identifying what evidence you need: Required evidence may differ depending on what type of benefits you are applying for.
- Helping you collect evidence: This task may include arranging doctor’s visits, seeking medical records or expert testimony, and much more.
In short, we can perform or guide you through every single task throughout the application process.
Unfortunately, not all cases receive favorable decisions on the first try. Some people have to go through the appeals process to get the money they deserve. Per the Social Security Administration (SSA), the appeals process is as follows:
- Step one: Reconsideration
- Step two: A hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- Step three: A new hearing before a different ALJ or a review before the entire Appeals Council
- Step four: A review before the Federal Court
At each step, the applicant is required to file paperwork within strict deadlines, submit evidence, and make arguments to prove they deserve benefits. We would be happy to manage such tasks for you.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
“Social Security Disability” refers to two distinct types of benefits. One of them is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
As the SSA states, an individual might qualify for SSDI if they:
- Have a temporary or permanent disability: This requirement includes any qualifying condition that keeps you from working for at least a year.
- Earned sufficient work credits: You were employed by a Social Security-covered employer for a specified number of years.
- Have sufficient evidence to prove they qualify: You may have to present medical records, a detailed work history, and more.
- Are a qualifying relative: In some cases, a child or spouse of a qualifying worker may also be able to receive SSDI.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The second type of benefit is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is different from SSDI in several ways. The SSA explains Supplemental Security Income may be awarded based on:
- Disability: You must have either a congenital disability (a disability you were born with) or acquired a disability later in life.
- Vision impairment: For SSI purposes, blindness is considered separately from other types of disabilities.
- Age: Those over the age of 65 could qualify for SSI, regardless of whether or not they are also disabled or blind.
- Income and resources: Applicants must have limited to no income or other sources of support (e.g., worker’s compensation) at their disposal.
Unlike with SSDI, there are no work requirements to qualify for benefits under SSI. Both children and adults could qualify for SSI, but the eligibility requirements differ depending on age.
Proving You Qualify for Social Security Disability
The types of evidence you need to show in order to convince the SSA that you are entitled to benefits may depend on the specifics of your case and what type of benefits you are applying for. The SSA provides a list of the general types of information they want to see. It includes:
- Proof of identity: You must provide your name, the dates of important life events (e.g., your birthday and your wedding date), your Social Security number, and so on.
- Proof of spouse’s identity: This proof includes the same information you provided about yourself: name, dates, etc.
- Proof of citizenship: If you were born in the United States, you may need to show a birth certificate; if you were born elsewhere, you may need a passport, a certificate of naturalization, a green card, or something else.
- Medical history: You can submit documents detailing the tests and treatments you have undergone, statements from your doctor, and so on.
- Occupational history: The SSA may need a list of your past employers, as well as any benefits you still receive from them (e.g., worker’s compensation or a pension).
All these ways may seem like an overwhelming amount of information and documentation. Just remember that you do not have to sort through it all alone. Bogin, Munns & Munns can review your case, tell you which documents you need, and help you submit those documents to the Social Security Administration.
Bogin, Munns & Munns Can Help
We know that seeking the benefits you deserve from Social Security Disability can be challenging. Let the team at Bogin, Munns & Munns assign one of our attorneys to represent you throughout your case.
To speak with a member of our team today, call our Kissimmee, Florida office at (407) 870-1919.