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A Social Security Disability lawyer in Titusville from Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you seek benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if a long-term disability keeps you from working. We can review your application, explain what evidence could support your case, and navigate the appeals process.
You can learn more about what we can do for you during your free case review.
How can a Disability Lawyer From our Firm in Titusville Help You?
Whether you are just beginning the application process or have received a denial, our team is here to serve you. We understand that applying for benefits can be frustrating––especially when you do not know what information could support your case.
We can help you by:
Explaining what Evidence Could Bolster Your Application
To qualify for benefits, the SSA wants you to prove that you cannot work due to a disability. Your disability must either last for a year or result in your passing, per the SSA. Your medical records, imaging scans, and statements from your doctor could prove that you cannot maintain substantial gainful employment.
Determining what Program Suits Your Situation
We know that you want your benefits as soon as possible. However, applying for a program only to learn that it’s not the right one for your situation can delay the entire process. We can look at your assets, condition, and overall situation to determine whether SSDI or SSI is right for you. In some cases, you could qualify for both, according to the SSA.
Reviewing Your Application for Completion and Accuracy
Even the smallest mistake can derail your claim. While filling out the application, you may be asked questions that you do not know the answer to––or do not understand what they are asking. After you fill out your application, we can look it over and correct any inaccuracies.
To consult with an experienced social security disability lawyer serving Titusville, call 321.567.5470
An Overview of the Programs You May Qualify for
There are two programs offered by the SSA. They include:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
You may qualify for this program if you have worked long enough to “pay into” the Social Security System. If you have worked long enough to pay a minimum amount in taxes based on the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), you could be eligible for SSDI.
SSDI is also known as a work-credit-based system. Per the SSA, how many work credits you need to qualify will depend on your age. For instance, if you are 27 years old, you would need 12 credits to apply for this program.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
For people who have not paid a sufficient amount into the Social Security system, to qualify for eligibility, there is the option of SSI. In this case, a person’s income status and other resources available to them will be reviewed by the government to determine if the person is qualified to receive SSI benefits.
So, for example, suppose that you are married and the both of you have more than $3,000 in “countable assets.” In this situation, you would not qualify for benefits because the SSA would say that you make too much money.
Certain things don’t count as countable assets, including your personal effects, car, and house. Other things, like cash, life insurance, land, and stocks, do count toward this limit, according to the SSA.
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Commonly Asked Questions About the Application Process
Our team of Social Security disability lawyers in Titusville has been serving claimants for decades. During that time, people often come to us with similar questions. Below, here are two of the most commonly asked questions we get from people interested in partnering with us:
What Can You do if Your Claim for Benefits is Denied?
The most important thing is not to get discouraged. It is very common to get denied the first time applying for Social Security disability benefits.
If an attorney has not already been obtained for the initial application process, it is strongly recommended that one at least be consulted at this point.
An attorney will assist the applicant in filing a “Request for Reconsideration.” This request must be filed within 60 days of the original denial letter.
Not filing within that time period will likely result in the applicant having to start over from the beginning and could result in lost benefits (not to mention lost time and effort).
Because time is a factor, it is important to request reconsideration right away.
The second most important thing is to still not get discouraged if you are denied a second time.
Less than one-third of people who are denied disability the first time apply for reconsideration. Roughly one-fourth of the people who apply a second time are actually approved.
It is not uncommon for applicants to have to continue the appeals process to the 8th Circuit Appellate Courts or Federal Court. While going through appeals, applicants should still remain in contact with their doctors and follow medical instructions so as not to damage their case.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Social Security Disability lawyer in Titusville?
Many personal injury attorneys are paid on what is called a contingency-fee-basis. Essentially, the attorney only gets paid if a recovery is made in the case. If a recovery is made, the attorney is paid a percentage of the recovery to cover fees and expenses. The attorney begins the case without receiving any payment and even puts forth money to cover the expenses necessary to see the case through.
For anyone worried about the entirety of their recovery going to cover the attorney’s fees, fear not. The Florida Bar sets a limit to the amount personal injury attorneys can charge for their contingency fees. If there is no lawsuit filed, then the fee is limited to 33.3% of the recovery if the case is valued under $1,000,000.
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If you have any questions about getting Social Security Disability benefits, reach out to our team of lawyers in Titusville. We are ready to address your concerns and manage everything involved with your case. To connect with our team, call today.