With more than 63 million citizens relying on their Social Security benefits, there is little doubt how vital this program is for the American people.
Beyond the guaranteed income most senior citizens receive after retirement, there is also the option to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, not everybody is eligible for SSDI. In fact, it's not solely reserved for retired senior citizens, either. For those who are eligible, it's essential to have the right paperwork so that your eligibility doesn't expire—and know what to do if you've suddenly stopped receiving your benefits.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT
Schwartz Law Firm has decades of expertise in SSDI for those in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions.
How Social Security Disability Works
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to eligible citizens based on financial need. That said, SSI is intended to be reserved for disabled persons and their family members, provided you've worked a certain amount of time and paid into Social Security taxes. To qualify for SSDI, you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security.
You also need a medical condition that satisfies the program's definition of disability:
- You're unable to perform the work that you did before;
- Social Security decides that you can't adjust to other work due to your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or will last for at least one year or may result in death
Unfortunately, there are dozens of reasons that you might not be eligible or even lose your SSI/SSDI disability benefits. Whether you've received an issue with your benefits or are looking to apply for the first time, it's best to consult with Schwartz Law Firm.
Do You Need a Social Security Disability Attorney?
There are many reasons you might need help with your SSDI benefits. One of the most common issues is simply getting started — and having the right paperwork and proof that you're prepared and eligible for benefits.
Unfortunately, there's always a small chance that your case can fall through the cracks, especially if the paperwork isn't conclusive enough to the Social Security program. In instances where they might deny your plea, it's best to consult with an experienced attorney.
A good lawyer can assist you in compiling the necessary documents to prove that you're disabled and in need of your SSDI. They can also help you bypass any errors that might come up, especially since the process requires plenty of paperwork.
Another reason you might want to seek counsel is if you've suddenly stopped receiving your benefits. If the Social Security Insurance program thinks there's reasonable doubt you don't need money, or if you have returned to work, there's a chance the program will cease funds. This can be a significant problem, especially if you have limited income, resources, and have dependents to take care of.
What To Do If You Need SSDI Assistance
If you need help with the application process or have stopped receiving your payments, then it's time to call a Social Security disability attorney that can help you right away.
With more than two decades of experience specializing in SSDI, Schwartz Law Firm is ready, willing, and able to walk you through the process and represent you to get the best possible outcome.
Find the Right New Orleans Social Security Disability Attorney
Although calling a lawyer is often the last thing most people want to do, it's usually the best choice for cases that involve Social Security benefits. So, if you're struggling with gaining your SSDI, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Schwartz Law Firm is here to help.
With 24/7 availability, Chris Schwartz and Will Brierre are compassionate, hardworking, and honest attorneys with plenty of knowledge in the realm of Social Security. Chris and Will are devoted to bringing you justice by any means and can also prove their dedication with their dozens of positive testimonials from former clients.
Contact Schwartz Law Firm for a free consultation and case evaluation to get started right away.