More than one out of every four of the 20-year-olds in America today will become disabled before the end of his or her working life. If you are one of the Floridians who gets sick or becomes injured, you know how stressful it is when you cannot work and don’t have income coming in.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposed to provide benefits to those who have a long-term disabling condition. If you cannot work for a year or have a condition that is expected to last 12 months or end in death, you should be entitled to receive disability income from the SSA. Unfortunately, qualifying for benefits is hard and over half of the disabled individuals who apply for benefits will have their claims denied.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is here to help those who need legal assistance getting disability benefits from the SSA. Whether you need guidance on an initial application or you want a Florida attorney to represent you through the appeals process, we have the knowledge, skill and compassion that you need to handle your claim. Call today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more.
To qualify for Social Security Disability, you must be too disabled to have a job. The SSA has developed a list of certain conditions that will likely make you eligible for benefits. This list is called the Blue Book or Listing of Impairments.
If your condition is listed on the Blue Book, then you not only must prove that you have been diagnosed with that particular medical problem but you also must demonstrate that you have certain symptoms that the SSA has set out. If your condition is not listed, then you must prove it is medically equivalent in severity and impairment to those that are included in the Blue Book.
To prove your eligibility for benefits, you must have proof of your illness provided by a treating physician who is a specialist in the field. For example, those qualifying for benefits based on a heart condition would need to have documented proof of their problems from a licensed cardiologist.
The stronger your evidence of medical impairment, the better the chances of your application being approved. A Florida Social Security Disability attorney can help you make your claim.
The Social Security Administration is very strict when reviewing applications, so you may find that your claim is denied even if you are legitimately disabled. Do not give up when you get a denial. There are four different levels of appeal, including:
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has represented Florida clients at all levels of appeal and we know how to make a compelling case so you will have the best chance of getting the disability benefits you need.
Many people do not have private disability insurance and depend on the Social Security Administration to take care of them when they cannot work. You pay for Social Security Disability benefits with your taxes and you have the right to expect the money will be there when you need it. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene will do everything we can to help you to get the income and coverage you need. Call today at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee to arrange a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.