Fighting for the Benefits You Deserve in Alabama, Florida & Georgia
Applying for and obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be a complex and daunting process. It requires an exacting attention to detail, volumes of paperwork, and getting the right documentation to substantiate your claim. Many initial applications are denied, leaving you wondering what you did wrong and how to correct your mistakes. Meanwhile, you may have medical expenses and everyday costs piling up, causing further stress and anxiety.
Dothan, AL Social Security Disability Attorney
At The Gil Law Firm, we understand how important it is to injured and sick workers to be able to rely on the benefits available to those who qualify. Our firm has been helping individuals seek and obtain Social Security Disability benefits for decades throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. We are well-versed in how the Social Security Administration (SSA) operates, its procedures and requirements, and how to prepare a strong case for our clients in initial applications as well as hearings and appeals.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security disability benefits are available only to workers under the following circumstances:
- You have a qualifying medical condition or disability
- Your condition is serious enough to prevent you from being able to continue at your job or at a similar one
- Your condition is expected to last for at least a year or more or to end in death
- You have worked long enough and paid sufficiently into the system to be eligible for benefits (which can be documented)
Once you apply, no set time frame exists in which you will be informed of whether your application was approved or denied. Per the SSA’s own statistics, the majority of initial applications are disapproved. However, after a denial, you can appeal to have a hearing with an SSA Administrative Law Judge. At the hearing you can present your case providing further and more specific evidence.
Ensuring that your application is prepared thoroughly, knowing what kind of medical reports and other documentation is needed and getting those into your submission, and avoiding any other mistakes or omissions is critical. That is why statistics have shown that those who are represented by an attorney get better results than those who are not.
What Medical Conditions Qualify for Benefits?
The SSA has an entire list of qualifying medical conditions.
Common conditions include:
- Back injuries
- Heart failure or coronary artery disease
- Vision or hearing loss
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic migraines
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Leukemia and blood diseases
- Mental disorders such as depression, bipolar, or anxiety
How Long Does It Take to Get an Answer from the SSA On An Application?
The length of time it takes to review an application varies but processing times can take well over a year. Variables will include the type of disability you have, how fast the SSA gets medical documentation from your doctor(s), whether you will need a medical examination, and other factors.
Obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be challenging. Any time you are dealing with a government bureaucracy, it can lead to confusion, uncertainty, and a failure to understand what is needed and how to present it for the best result. Our firm understands how vital these benefits can be to you and your family and will work tirelessly on your behalf.
We have invaluable experience dealing with the SSA, its application process, hearings, and more. You can rest assured that we will put 100 percent effort into helping you make a strong case for benefits, ensuring that your case avoids common mistakes and pitfalls, and do everything to help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.