Social Security Disability Attorneys In Woodbury
What Is Social Security Disability?
The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits through two separate programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is for people who can no longer work due to a long-term or fatal medical condition. SSI provides benefits to disabled adults and children that have limited income and resources.
Medical Conditions That Qualify For SSDI Benefits
Social Security Disability does not cover short-term conditions. The impairments that can qualify for benefits must be considered severe, permanent, long-term, or fatal, and prevent a person from pursuing gainful employment. Below is a list of physical and mental conditions that may be covered.
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Cardiovascular disease
- Congenital diseases
- Disorder of the immune system
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Genitourinary conditions
- Hematological conditions
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neck injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Special senses and speech disorders
- Spinal injuries
Mental, emotional, and psychological conditions:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Depressive and bipolar disorders
- Intellectual disorder
- Neurocognitive disorders
- Personality disorders
- Somatic symptom
- Trauma-related disorders
How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits
To apply for SSDI benefits online you need to:
- Print and review the Adult Disability Checklist
- Complete the Disability Benefits Application
- Fill out the Medical Release Form
The process to file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) varies depending on who is applying for benefits. The SSA offers an online application to adults seeking SSI benefits. However, if you are applying for SSI for a child, you will need to complete the Child Disability Report and then schedule a meeting by phone or in-person. Visit the SSA’s Apply for Disability Benefits – Child (Under Age 18) page for more information.
What Information Should I Have Before I Apply For Benefits?
The Social Security Administration requires personal, medical, and employment documentation to assess whether you meet their qualifications for disability benefits. You will need to gather the following information:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- W-2 forms
- List of jobs and dates worked over the last 15 years
- Direct deposit information
- Information about your conditions and injuries
- Medical records and test results
- Contact information for doctors, hospitals, and clinics
- All prescriptions and who prescribed them
The SSA has a full list of the required information you will need before applying on their website.
What Happens After I Apply?
After you have finished your application and have signed the medical release form, the SSA will review your application, process it, and mail a decision letter to you. They may contact you before they finish processing your application if they need additional documentation. It may take three to five months to receive your decision from the SSA. This depends on a variety of factors, including how long it takes to receive your medical records.
Can I File An Appeal If My SSDI Or SSI Application Is Denied?
Yes, if your SSDI or SSI claim was recently denied, you can file an appeal. Initial requests are regularly denied. Claims may be rejected due to technicalities like missing medical information.
If you disagree with the determination of your case, you can appeal it. Our trusted attorneys are here to help individuals who were already denied. We will review your case, guide you through the appeals process, and give you invaluable advice along the way.
Nicolet Law Office In Woodbury, MN
Our Woodbury office is on Bielenberg Drive, which you can get to easily from either 494 or I-94. The building shares a parking lot with the La Quinta Inn & Suites. The office is located within a professional shared working space called The Reserve.
In Washington County, over 4,200 disabled workers are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Our team has helped countless individuals in eastern Minnesota get the disability benefits they deserve. Call our Woodbury office today at 715-377-2141.
Nicolet Law’s Woodbury SSDI Cases
- After years of suffering from interstitial cystitis and numerous failed treatments, our client found some relief in receiving a fully favorable decision at the hearing level. The individual underwent approximately four years of medical care, undergoing a variety of treatments to manage their pelvic pain. We worked with their medical providers to obtain the necessary opinions that put their daily pain into context for the judge.
- On the record decision for our client suffering from degenerative disc disease (DDD) and degenerative joint disease (DJD). This client was a prior daycare worker completing daily tasks as lifting small children constantly. Her back and shoulder pain had gotten so bad she was unable to lift a gallon of milk comfortably. They ended up spending most days in a recliner just to make the pain bearable. SSA called a medical expert to testify at the hearing. Through questioning, the medical expert opined that the claimant was disabled due to the DDD and DJD and that her pain and inability to lift prevented her from finding future work.
Contact Our Disability Lawyers Today
Nicolet Law Office knows Social Security Disability. Our experienced disability attorneys and legal staff will fight tirelessly to get you the disability benefits you deserve. Call us at 715-377-2141 or contact us online to request your free consultation today. For your convenience, our team is also equipped to consult clients over the phone or through video conferencing solutions.