When an employee in our workforce sustains a serious injury or diagnosis that prevents them from earning income and supporting themselves and their family, they may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. This Social Security program was founded to support American workers who have had their financial futures and well-being turned upside down by an unforeseen medical issue.
If you have been affected by a debilitating medical or mental issue and are unable to work for at least a year, we invite you to contact us at Syfrett, Dykes & Furr today. Our experienced Panama City Social Security Disability lawyers are well aware of the challenges SSD applicants face as they apply for benefits and can ensure that our clients submit a claim that stands the very best chance at an approval.
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What is Considered a Disability by the Social Security Administration?
After you suffer a severe injury or become chronically ill, any amount of work might be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. You may decide to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) about your situation and to apply for Social Security disability benefits. But will you be confident that you will be approved? What does the SSA actually consider to be a disability, and what is just a really unfortunate situation? Anyone applying for Social Security disability insurance will only be considered if he or she:
- Suffers a medical, psychological, or psychiatric impairment.
- The impairment prevents them from completing substantial gainful activity (SGA).
- The impairment has persisted and prevented SGA for 12+ months, or is expected to last at least 12 months.
The Social Security Administration’s Definition of Disability
Meeting the three keynotes of the SSA’s own definition of a disability that qualifies for insurance or benefits is not as easy as simply striking off three checkboxes on a sheet of paper. Due to the language of the definition, there is arguably some room for interpretation. It is often necessary for an applicant to gain a better understanding of the terminology and what it really means. The first definition of disability is met if any of these conditions apply:
- Regarding a physical impairment, the SSA considers actual physical wounds like such as broken bones or disease that could make physical activity in the workplace unbearable.
- Regarding a psychological impairment, the SSA considers mental trauma that can actually limit a person’s ability to remember and follow instruction, behave professionally around coworkers and patrons, hold focus on a particular task, and, perhaps most importantly, know how to react in dangerous workplace situations.
Substantial gainful activity (SGA) describes a job position or work that provides income over a certain amount. The current SSA rules state that anyone earning more than $1,310 each month while applying for SSDI benefits is completing substantial gainful activity and cannot qualify. The SSA may decide to immediately deny any application from anyone who is earning more than the minimum SGA threshold.
To prove the impairment has lasted or will last a year or more, medical records are necessary. You may be able to easily show that your disability has lasted a year if you keep organized copies of your own. If you have recently suffered disability, a doctor’s diagnosis that states the condition will last at least 12 months will be needed.
Do I Need a Social Security Attorney?
In an ideal world, SSD applicants would be able to submit their claims to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and trust that their application will receive the consideration it deserves. This, unfortunately, is not the case in real life. In order to prevent fraud, the SSA has developed a rigorous screening process that often issues denials to truly disabled applicants. This is why industry experts and the SSA itself recommends that applicants seek professional assistance to prepare and submit their SSD claim.
How Syfrett, Dykes & Furr Helps
At Syfrett, Dykes & Furr, our firm can help you if:
- You are applying for SSD benefits for the first time.
- You are reapplying for SSD benefits.
- You are appealing an SSD benefits denial.
- You are a child (18 or younger) seeking SSI benefits.
- You are a Widow or Widower seeking SSD benefits.
There is also a program that can provide Supplemental Security Income Disability (SSI) benefits and our knowledgeable attorneys can help you apply for these benefits, as well. For more information on these programs and the process of securing benefits, see our Social Security Disability FAQ page.
Our SSD Contingency Fees
At Syfrett, Dykes & Furr, we understand that if you're considering SSD benefits, you are already facing some difficult concerns about your financial future. That is why our team handles SSD cases on a contingency basis. That means we only charge our clients for our legal services if and when we secure SSD or SSI benefits on their behalf. It's just one more way our firm is committed to ensuring that our clients' needs and well-being stay at the forefront of our approach.
Are you ready to explore your SSD or SSI eligibility? Contact our firm today to request a free case evaluation with our team.