Navigating The Complex Rules Of Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are disabled and unable to work, it is important to remember that you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits ― but only if you have a significant work history and your disability is expected to keep you from working for 12 months or more. Even if you do not have a work history, however, you may still be eligible for disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Whether you are thinking about applying for SSD or SSI benefits, the experienced legal professionals at Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs, Attorneys at Law, are here to provide you with the guidance you need. Even if you have already applied for benefits and were denied ― which happens with the vast majority of initial claims ― we can still work with you during the appeals process, which can greatly improve your chances of success. Talk to a lawyer from our firm to learn how we can help.

Disabled? Unable to work? Contact us today for a FREE consultation. You can reach us by phone at 304-521-4572 or toll free at 877-262-3376. You can also contact us online if that is easier for you. While our office is in Huntington, we serve disabled workers throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Get help today from one of our Huntington Social Security Disability benefits lawyers.

What To Expect When Applying For Disability Benefits

Like the process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits usually takes several months. Even though most initial applications are denied, this is not cause for discouragement as you still have options.

For instance, it is likely that you will need to appeal a denied claim in a "reconsideration." If you are again denied, you will have the opportunity for a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Hiring an attorney who knows the process increases the likelihood of being approved initially or, if this does not happen, of being approved and receiving benefits sooner than if you attempt the process on your own.

Don't Make The Mistake Of Trying To Handle It Alone

While there are many reasons why you should hire a lawyer when seeking disability benefits, probably one of the most important is that the application and appeals process can be complex and difficult to navigate without legal guidance. In fact, if you make just one mistake along the way, you may put your potential benefits at risk, which is reason enough to contact a lawyer.

Fortunately, we are here to help make sure you understand your rights and to guide you through this complicated process, from the moment you consider applying for benefits until the day your case is resolved. Our attorneys have more than 70 years of combined legal experience, so we know the potential pitfalls you need to avoid. Let us put this experience to work for you and your family.