If you have been denied disability benefits, Alabama Social Security disability lawyers can help
Are you finding it difficult or impossible to work because of a physical or mental health problem? Do you expect the problem to last for at least 12 months? If the answer is yes, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. Alabama residents in this situation should consult a disability attorney to learn their rights. It is never too soon to seek counsel from a qualified Alabama disability attorney.
But even if you have already filed your application for Social Security disability benefits and it has been denied, the Alabama Disability Law Center can help. In fact, this is when you most need a disability lawyer to vigorously pursue your appeal.
Am I disabled under Social Security rules and regulations?
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must satisfy Social Security’s definition of disabled.
To be “disabled,” you must:
- Have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment
- That has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 continuous months or end in death and
- That is so severe that you are unable to do
- Your previous work or
- Any other substantial gainful work, considering your age, education, and experience.
What does this definition mean? For most people it boils down to the answer to this question: Can you do any full time job: 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, week after week, at a competitive pace and quality. If not, you may be disabled.
How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits in Alabama?
The Social Security Administration provides three different ways for you to make your initial application:
- Go to your local Social Security office and fill out the application in person.
- Apply over the phone.
- Apply on line at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/.
If you choose either of the first two methods, you will need to make an appointment first by calling 1-800-772-1213. The best time to apply for Alabama disability benefits is about 6 to 9 months after you stop working unless you have an obvious long-term disability.
Although you can apply for Social Security disability benefits without assistance from an attorney, it’s a good idea to get a professional evaluation of your claim first. A knowledgeable Alabama disability attorney can guide you so that you can present the strongest possible application.
My application for Alabama Social Security disability benefits has been denied; what do I do next?
The best advice I can give you is don’t give up. The Social Security Administration denies the majority of claims at the initial level. However, the initial denial is only the beginning of the process. You have the opportunity to appeal. It is usually through an appeal that disabled Alabama Social Security claimants are successful.
Your chances of obtaining benefits will improve considerably if you appeal. More than half of all Social Security disability applicants who appeal are awarded disability benefits after a hearing. For more details on how to appeal, read Advice for appealing and download my e-booklet, Helpful suggestions for appealing a denial of benefits.
As a dedicated and experienced Alabama disability attorney with the Alabama Disability Law Center, I can help you pursue your appeal so that you can focus on caring for yourself. Only by continuing the process through to the hearing before an administrative law judge will most claimants obtain their benefits.
Get help with your Alabama disability claim
I understand how difficult life can be with a severe health problem that prevents you from earning a living. I know Social Security disability benefits can be a financial necessity. I bring compassion, experience, and aggressive representation to your case. If you would like my evaluation, please describe your claim using the form to the right, and I will respond promptly. Or you may contact me.
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