Social Security Disability Lawyers In Duluth
What Is Social Security Disability?
Individuals dealing with a severe medical condition that prevents them from working face not only the condition and treatment, but financial stress as well. If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, you may apply for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The SSA offers assistance to those dealing with a condition that is long-term, permanent, or expected to end in death. They do not provide benefits to those with short-term disabilities.
You can file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if you:
- Are over the age of 18
- Are not receiving benefits currently
- Are unable to work because of a medical condition that will last 12 months or more
- Cannot work due to a medical condition that is predicted to result in death
You can file for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) if you:
- Have limited income and resources
- Don’t have the work history necessary to qualify for SSDI
- Meet the disability requirements
How To Apply For Social Security Disability
To apply for benefits, you must file a claim with the Social Security Administration.
Information you need to gather before you apply:
- Personal information, such as your birth certificate and Social Security number
- Contact information of your healthcare provider and hospitals or clinics
- All medical lab results, tests, and doctor’s notes about your condition
- List of any prescriptions you are taking for your disability
- Employment information, like W-2’s and tax returns
How to apply:
- Fill out the online application at https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/.
- By calling the SSA’s toll-free number at (800) 772-1213.
- Request an in-person appointment at your local Social Security office. To find the office closest to you, head to https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.
Medical Conditions That Qualify For SSD Benefits
Below is a list of some medical conditions and disabilities that the SSA covers. Check out the full list of qualifying conditions on the administration’s website.
Physical disabilities that may be eligible for SSDI benefits:
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Brain injuries
- Cardiovascular disease
- Congenital diseases
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Hematological disorders
- Immune disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory conditions
- Special senses and speech problems
- Skin conditions
Mental disabilities that may be eligible for SSDI benefits:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Serious intellectual disabilities
- Severe ADD/ADHD
- Cognitive disorders
If you have one of the disabilities above, that doesn’t guarantee that your application will be approved. The SSA has specific requirements based on an individual’s work history along with their medical condition.
What To Do If Your Claim Is Denied
First requests for SSD benefits are frequently rejected. So, if your SSDI or SSI claim was denied, don’t give up. Applications can be denied due to minor clerical errors or missing information. Don’t let that stop you from getting the Social Security benefits you deserve.
You have the right to go to the administrative courts to appeal your case, and Nicolet Law Office can help. If your claim was rejected, bring it to our experienced attorneys. Our team will review your application, identify what went wrong, and immediately start on your appeal.
Nicolet Law’s Duluth, MN Office Location
Our office is located in downtown Duluth. Nicolet Law Office is near the corner of 2nd Avenue and W 1st Street, two blocks from City Hall. We are minutes from the Lake Walk, Canal Park, Aerial Lift Bridge, and lighthouses—just a short drive from the scenic views of the North Shore of Lake Superior.
We are five minutes away from the incredible Lincoln Park neighborhood. Our staff loves to visit the local breweries and restaurants there, such as Duluth Grill, Duluth Cider, Bent Paddle, OMC Steakhouse, and Love Creamery.
Duluth is part of the Northland region of Minnesota. The harsh winters and the tough nature of the mining and shipping industries shaped the Twin Ports community to be hardworking, innovative, and hospitable. The Nicolet Law team is grateful to be a part of such a strong small-business community.
Call Nicolet Law’s Social Security Disability Attorneys
The Nicolet Law team is always here to help. We offer free initial consultations to all clients. Our staff will set up a call, video chat, or in-person meeting based on what works best for you. Nicolet Law Office is determined to protect your rights and fight for the benefits you are entitled to receive.