At Nicolet Law Office in Woodbury, clients frequently seek our help securing federal Social Security Disability benefits to help them replace their income after suffering an injury or illness that prevents them from continuing to work. Many of our clients come to us after years of work at local businesses and institutions like HealthEast, 3M, and Assurant.
The process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is time-consuming, detailed, and often confusing. The Social Security Administration denies as many as three-quarters of the initial applications for Social Security benefits it receives. Denied applicants have appeal rights, but frequently either do not know how to exercise them, or make mistakes in the appeal process that cost them their rights.
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Nicolet Law's Woodbury Social Security Disability Attorneys draw on combined decades of experience in representing Social Security Disability applicants throughout the process of securing benefits. Contact us online or in our Woodbury office at (651) 815-0017 for a free consultation to learn about your rights to receive Social Security Disability assistance.
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.
How a Woodbury Social Security Disability Lawyer Could Help You Obtain Benefits?
The process of applying for SSDI benefits is lengthy and confusing for those who are not familiar with the amount or types of evidence that is required to prove a disability. In contrast, the Social Security Disability lawyers at Nicolet Law work regularly with this process and have a detailed familiarity with its numerous requirements and nuances.
A disability lawyer can:
Collect and assemble information applicants need to submit to prove the nature and extent of a disability that prevents them from working.
Prepare thorough, accurate, and detailed applications for SSDI benefits that give applicants the strongest chance of having benefits approved right-off-the-bat;
Communicate with the Social Security Administration about pending applications and following up on any requests for information;
Respond to and appealing claim denials, including representing applicants in live appeal proceedings.
Prepare, file, and pursue legal actions in court when necessary to challenge appeal denials.
These are just some of the ways a Social Security Disability attorney from Nicolet Law Office can help a disabled client seek SSDI benefits in Woodbury. Contact our team today to learn how we may help you.
Medical Conditions that Qualify for Woodbury SSDI Benefits
Brain injuries, which can create permanent deficits in a person’s memory of people or events, control behaviors or impulses, move in a balanced or coordinated manner, or communicate or understand spoken language.
Back injuries, which can result in paralysis, which is a loss of sensation and function below the area that was injured.
Cancer, which can create the need for debilitating treatments and can feature a grim prognosis, depending on the type of cancer and how aggressive it is.
Cardiovascular disease, which can lead to life-changing or even fatal conditions such as heart attack or stroke.
Congenital diseases: These are medical conditions that are present before birth. These conditions can profoundly impact the individual’s health and development.
Disorder of the immune system: Immune system disorders cause the immune system to attack other parts of the body, creating inflammation and damage to bodily organs.
Gastrointestinal problems: These problems impact the digestive tract and can cause severe health concerns that impact any area of the gastrointestinal system, including the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Genitourinary conditions: These are conditions that affect the genital and urinary systems. The conditions often worsen over time, resulting in chronic infection, illness, or injury.
Hematological conditions: These are conditions that involve the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to the body, white blood cells that fight off infection, and platelets that allow the blood to clot.
Musculoskeletal conditions: These are conditions that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, or blood vessels.
Neck injuries: Like back injuries, neck injuries can lead to paralysis as well as reduced mobility and range of motion.
Neurological disorders: Neurological disorders are conditions that are either inherited or acquired and affect the central nervous system, which includes the brain and the spine.
Respiratory problems: Respiratory issues, such as asthma or COPD, can result in narrowing and obstruction of the airway, causing an individual to have difficulty breathing.
Special senses and speech disorders: These disorders include blindness or deafness that can limit an individual’s ability to perform job-related tasks.
Spinal injuries: Spinal injuries can result in paralysis, which is a loss of sensation and function below the site of the injury.
Mental, emotional, and psychological conditions:
Anxiety: Anxiety disorder is extreme or long-lasting feelings of anxiety or fearfulness that can greatly impact an individual’s ability to deal with stressful situations or learning new tasks.
Autism spectrum disorder: This is a group of conditions characterized by difficulties with social interaction or communication and repetitive behavior.
Depressive and bipolar disorders: These conditions are marked by depression, an elevated mood, or loss of interest in most activities, leading to a significant decline in functioning.
Neurocognitive disorders: These conditions cause a decreased mental function due to a medical disease other than a psychiatric illness.
Personality disorders: These conditions result in a rigid or unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning, or behaving. Individuals with a personality disorder generally have difficulty relating to situations or people.
Schizophrenia: This is a serious mental illness in which a person can experience hallucinations, delusions, and difficulty planning, initiating, or sustaining activities.
Somatic symptom disorder: This condition causes an individual to have a significant focus on physical symptoms such as shortness of breath or pain.
Trauma-related disorders: These are disorders acquired from exposure to trauma or profound stress. Trauma-related disorders can produce disabling anxiety, depression, insomnia, and problems with focus.
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
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 social security 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 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 651-815-0017.
Nicolet Law’s Woodbury SSDI Cases:
Russell Nicolet, Woodbury SSD LawyerAfter 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 Woodbury SSI Disability Lawyers Today
Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers knows Social Security Disability. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff will fight tirelessly to get you the disability benefits you deserve. Call us at 1-855-NICOLET 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.
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