Minnesota Social Security Disability Lawyers
When a serious injury or disability makes work impossible, daily life can be a challenge—particularly when it comes to paying bills. Fortunately, individuals living with a physical or mental disability may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they are unable to work due to their condition.
If you or a loved one is considering filing a disability claim, let the experienced and knowledgeable disability attorneys at Nicolet Law Office help you obtain the benefits you need. From submitting your initial application to appealing a denied claim, we will guide you through the entire process and make sure you understand all your legal rights along the way.
We serve disability clients throughout eastern Minnesota, including those in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Woodbury, and the surrounding areas.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
Since it can take up to five months to receive an official response from the Social Security Administration (SSA) after submitting an application, we recommend that individuals apply for benefits as soon as they become disabled. Additionally, it is in a filer’s best interest to immediately begin preparing application materials so that his or her benefits are not further delayed.
To apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, individuals must file a formal claim with SSA. While individuals can file without an attorney, statistics show that SSA is more likely to approve disability applications submitted by individuals with legal representation.
Additionally, experienced disability attorneys understand the application process more intimately than their clients. When they work with an applicant, SSD lawyers can leverage their knowledge and resources on their client’s behalf to increase the chances that an individual’s application is approved.
Disability attorneys can also help their clients obtain the proper medical documentation, which can be an unnecessary headache for someone learning how to live with a physical or mental disability. The SSD application requires individuals to supply detailed documents related to their medical condition, including medical histories and lab test results.
Nicolet Law Office offers free initial consultations so that our clients have the opportunity to explore the full range of legal options available to them. If you are not sure whether you need a lawyer to complete your disability application, let us explain how we can leverage our knowledge and experience on your behalf.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability?
The SSA provides income supplements to those who are unable to work due to a long-term, permanent, or fatal medical condition. Qualifying family members of disabled workers may be eligible to receive disability benefits as well.
You may file for SSD benefits if you:
- Are unable to work for at least a year
- Have a fatal medical condition
- Have a condition so severe that it prevents you from working
- Are an eligible family member of someone meeting these requirements
The following is a partial list of heath conditions that are covered under SSD programs. However, keep in mind that simply having one of these conditions does not automatically qualify an individual for Social Security benefits. It is possible for the SSA to deny an application based on an individual’s work history, income, or other federally mandated requirements.
Qualifying physical disabilities:
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Congenital diseases
- Immune system disorders
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Genitourinary impairments
- Hematological disorders
- Malignant neoplastic diseases
- Musculoskeletal conditions, such as spinal issues
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory conditions
Qualifying behavioral conditions:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Depressive and bipolar disorders
- Intellectual disorder
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Somatic symptom disorder
What’s the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?
Social Security Disability benefits were developed to offer financial support to those unable to work due to a severe medical condition. There are two types of disability coverage: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI is what most people think of when they hear “Social Security Disability.” Developed to provide financial relief to those who cannot work due to a severe medical condition, SSDI benefits are limited to individuals who meet certain age and work requirements.
SSI, on the other hand, is a disability benefits program that is based on financial need. If someone has not been in the workforce long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits, he or she may be eligible to receive SSI. These benefits can be paid to any age group as long as the recipient meets minimum financial requirements.
Although the Social Security Administration manages both programs, SSDI is paid for by Social Security taxes while SSI is funded by the U.S. Treasury. Some individuals with low income and limited resources may apply and be eligible to receive SSDI and SSI benefits at the same time.
Nicolet Law Office Appeals Denied Claims
Don’t worry if your initial disability application is denied. Most people who apply for disability benefits are denied the first time they apply, and the SSA is known to reject applications for incomplete information and minor clerical errors. Thankfully, just because you were denied doesn’t mean you can’t appeal or apply again.
Filers may seek to appeal a judgment if they disagree with the court’s decision. At Nicolet Law Office, our compassionate disability attorneys help individuals who have been denied the benefits they deserve. When you work with us, we will assess your denied claim, review your application, and begin working with you on an appeal.
Contact a Local, Affordable SSD Attorney Today
At Nicolet Law Office, we understand that many disability applicants are concerned that they can’t afford legal representation. However, our disability clients can rest easy knowing that they will not need to pay us unless we win a judgment in their favor. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing trusted, tailored, and affordable legal representation to our clients, and we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our SSD and SSI lawyers. You can reach us online through our secure contact form or by calling us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET.