Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and were denied, you may wish to contact a lawyer for help.
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, we understand the Social Security system and we are prepared to fight for the benefits you and your family need.
Who Can Qualify For SSD Benefits?
People who cannot work because they have a medical condition that prevents them for holding gainful employment for at least a year or will end in death may be entitled to SSD benefits.
Eligibility for SSD depends on a number of factors, like age and years worked. Generally, you will have to have worked 10 of the last 20 quarters, and the more quarters you have worked in the past five years can increase the amount of benefits you receive.
As soon as you become disabled you should apply for benefits, which can be done online at www.socialsecurity.gov.
The application process will require information in addition to the form itself, such as a summary of where you worked and what kind of work you performed, a copy of your most recent W2, and more information about the specific medical condition you are suffering from.
It is critical to keep track of the following to ensure your application is considered correctly:
- Names and dosages of all medications taken to treat condition
- Medical records from doctors visits, therapists, clinics, caseworkers, hospitals, etc.
- Laboratory and test results
The approval process can take three to five months, and the quicker you submit your application the sooner you will receive a decision.
What if my SSD Claim is Denied?
Unfortunately, many SSD applications are denied because the administration does not believe the worker has a qualifying condition or paperwork is filed incorrectly. If your claim is denied, it is still possible to receive benefits through an appeal process.
At this point, many applicants choose to consult an SSD attorney for help with the appeal of their decision. An experience SSD lawyer understands the system and can facilitate your appeal to get you and your family the benefits you need to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contacting Our Baltimore SSD Attorneys
Too often disabled workers SSD claims are denied because of an error in paperwork, or because their condition was not properly represented on their application.
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, our lawyers can file an appeal for your denial and fight for your rights as a disabled worker.