Social Security Administration Attorneys in Montgomery, AL
At The Dansby Law Firm, P.C. we help people navigate the Social Security system, get fair treatment, and obtain needed benefits. The Social Security Administration offers a number of programs to help people who are disabled.
Most common programs
- Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits include a monthly income payment and medical insurance. To qualify, you must demonstrate that you are eligible to apply (based on the amount and duration of your contributions to the Social Security program) and have a qualifying disability.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an assistance program designed for low-income individuals and those who may not be eligible for SSD.
Both types of applications give you the option of completing them online, in person, or by telephone or mail.
We understand that dealing with the Social Security bureaucracy is overwhelming and at times, frustrating. The attorneys at The Dansby Law Firm are experienced Montgomery, Alabama Social Security Disability attorneys who can help you understand how to process your claim.
When you apply for SSD benefits, the government goes into a lengthy and complicated five-step process to decide your eligibility. This process includes evaluating your age, education, work history, skill levels, and your physical and medical condition to determine whether you qualify. In addition, Social Security has its own definition for what it means to be disabled, and it is very strict. Some facets of the definition include:
- You must either be permanently disabled from working, or your earning capacity has been significantly and permanently diminished
- You must demonstrate through medical certification either that your injury is permanent or that it is likely to last for at least a year or result in death
- You must have a qualifying history of earnings that includes how many years you have worked over your lifetime and also if you have worked in five of the past ten years and accumulated the required number of work credits during that period
In its initial assessment, the Social Security Administration will try to determine if your disability prevents you from performing “substantial” work in any occupation for at least 12 months. Your disability will be compared with a list of impairments the SSA feels are sufficiently severe to qualify immediately as disabled.
If your disability is not on the list, or determined not to be of equal severity to a condition on the list, the SSA will then determine if your condition interferes with your ability to do any type of work, taking into consideration your age, education, and past work experience.
If the SSA denies your claim, it is important to call us right away. If you do not appeal the denial within 60 days, you may have to start over with a new application. At The Dansby Law Firm, we will file your Social Security Disability appeal and help move the process along as efficiently as possible.
If you do wish to file a claim, and are having or expect to encounter difficulty, it is important that you contact us right away. Remember, even in the best of circumstances, claims can take up to eight months to be processed, and over a year if an appeal is involved.
Contact us for help
We understand that the denial of SSD benefits puts a serious financial burden on anyone who has been seriously injured and can no longer work. We are committed to helping you get the assistance you deserve. Call our office at 334-834-7001 for a free consultation. There is no fee unless we recover benefits for you.