Wisconsin Social Security Disability Lawyers
If someone is experiencing a long-term, permanent, or potentially fatal medical condition, he or she may be entitled to receive financial assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security Disability is designed to support those who may be unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, and its coverage comes in two forms: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Nicolet Law Office, our trusted attorneys are available to answer your questions regarding disability benefits. Call us at 1-855-NICOLET or use our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation about your claim. We have eight convenient office locations throughout Wisconsin, including in Hudson, Eau Claire, River Falls, and Superior.
Securing SSD Benefits for Disabled Wisconsinites
There are many benefits to hiring a local attorney to help with your disability claim. For example, compassionate disability attorneys know how to advocate for their clients throughout the entire process, and they may be able to help their clients receive benefits earlier than those who attempt to file on their own.
If you are considering whether you should file for Social Security Disability, we recommend contacting a lawyer before you begin your application. Although you do not need an attorney to complete the initial application, statistics show that the SSA tends to favor applicants who have legal representation.
When you trust us with your case, the approachable, local attorneys at Nicolet Law Office will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the benefits you need. This includes guiding you through the complicated filing processes, accurately representing your condition to the SSA, and appealing previously denied claims.
Furthermore, Nicolet Law Office is proud to offer free initial consultations to our SSD clients. Even if you are not sure whether you need a lawyer, it will cost you nothing to learn how we can help you with your case.
What Is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?
The SSA administers two programs that provide financial support to those suffering from a physical or mental disability, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Qualifying family members of disabled workers may also be eligible to receive benefits.
When most people think about disability benefits, they are thinking about SSDI. This program provides financial support to those who cannot work due to a severe medical condition—as long as those individuals have been in the workforce and paid Social Security taxes on their earnings long enough to be eligible. Someone who has been in the workforce for at least ten years has a higher chance of qualifying for SSDI.
However, if someone’s work history does not meet SSDI requirements, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits through SSI. A need-based program that offers benefits to those with low income and limited resources, SSI benefits can be paid to any age group as long as minimum financial and medical requirements are met.
Many people who are eligible for SSI may be able to receive SSDI as well. In order to qualify for coverage through both programs, a person must have limited income and resources even after collecting SSDI benefits.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
At Nicolet Law Office, we recommend that individuals apply for disability benefits as soon as they become disabled. It can take up to five months for SSA to process an application, which is a long time for someone to wait for the benefits they need.
During the application process, individuals will need to provide detailed documentation related to their disability. This may include medical histories, physician’s notes, and lab test results. Because this step of the process can be a headache, we encourage applicants to work with a trusted disability attorney to help them secure the information they need to apply.
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.
Will You Qualify for the Social Security Benefits You Need?
The Social Security Administration offers disability benefits to those suffering from a wide variety of health conditions. The following is list of some of the most commonly accepted physical and mental conditions.
Qualifying physical disabilities:
- Musculoskeletal problems, including those involving hands and spinal issues
- Respiratory diseases and injuries
- Cardiovascular problems (heart conditions)
- Gastrointestinal digestive problems
- Genitourinary impairments
- Hematological disorders
- Skin disorders
- Congenital diseases that affect multiple body systems
- Malignant neoplastic diseases
- Disorders of the immune system
Qualifying behavioral conditions:
- Anxiety disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Mental, psychological, and emotional disabilities
- Cognitive dysfunction and other related disabilities
- Depression and depressive disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
However, it is important to note that having one of these conditions does not automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits. It is possible for the SSA to deny someone’s application if they do not meet work-history, income, or other federally mandated requirements.
Nicolet Law Attorneys Appeal Denied Claims
Don’t give up hope if your initial claim for disability benefits is denied. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that as many as 65 percent of all initial claims are rejected, often because of clerical errors or missing information.
If your initial request is denied, we encourage you to bring your denied claim letter to the disability attorneys at Nicolet Law Office. A skilled lawyer can assess your denied claim, review your application, and begin working on an appeal to the administrative courts.
Our firm has a track record of success helping clients realize financial independence. When you work with us, we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits you need.
Call Us for a Free Consultation and Case Evaluation
The legal professionals at Nicolet Law Office are prepared to help you in your fight for the Social Security Disability benefits you are entitled to receive. Call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or use our secure online form to find out how Nicolet Law Office can help you today.