Social Security Disability Lawyers
If you find yourself unable to work because of a disability, medical condition, or lasting injury, the experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at the Bryant Law Center are here to help. We specialize in Social Security Disability claims and can review your case to determine if you may be eligible for benefits.
Why Apply for Social Security Disability?
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is crucial, especially considering the extended processing times. According to the Social Security Administration, the average processing time for initial applications has reached an all-time high. We encourage you to apply early as soon as you become disabled.
To be considered disabled for Social Security purposes, you must be unable to perform any substantial work due to your physical or mental condition(s), and these conditions must last, or be expected to last, at least 12 months or be a terminal illness expected to result in death.
You can apply online at www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability or visit your local Social Security office. We encourage you to review the necessary information on the Social Security website before filling out the application. Please note that in 2022, 62% of initial applications were denied. Do not become discouraged if this happens with your claim.
After an initial denial, the next step is Reconsideration. In this stage, you will complete additional paperwork regarding treatment and conditions.
If denied at the Reconsideration stage, a hearing before an administrative law judge follows. If the judge denies the claim, the next step is an appeal with the Appeals Council.
The Appeals Council may review the case or turn it over to another administrative law judge. If you are dissatisfied with the decision, the final appeal option is to file a civil suit in a federal district court.
Claimants generally have 60 days between each phase to file their next appeal/action.
- Work History: You must have a sufficient work history and have paid Social Security taxes.
- Severe Impairment: The disability must be severe enough to interfere with substantial gainful activity (SGA).
- Duration of Disability: The disability must last or be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
Types of Evidence
- Medical Records
- Consultative Examinations
- Statements from former employers, co-workers, family members, or friends
- Criminal Records
- Personal Statements
Claimants may receive two types of Social Security Administration benefits:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): For those who have not worked enough to be considered “insured” for SSDI purposes.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): For “insured” workers, their disabled surviving spouses and children, or disabled, retired, or deceased workers.
How We Can Help
The disability lawyers at the Bryant Law Center are dedicated to assisting clients in obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits. We navigate through subsequent hearings and appeals, keeping you informed about the progress of your claim.
If you have been overwhelmed with the process and the paperwork call our attorneys at 270-442-1422 or fill out our contact form online. Don’t delay; let us be your advocates in securing the benefits you deserve.