If you are unable to work due to an illness or chronic condition, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits to help you cover living expenses. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two types of benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI helps disabled and blind individuals who paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify for these benefits. SSI, on the other hand, is available to U.S. citizens with limited income and resources. The SSA makes the process of applying for benefits relatively simple. However, nearly two-thirds of all applications are denied every year. By working with a Greenville Social Security Disability Lawyer, you can avoid simple mistakes in your application that could put you back to square one. Likewise, if your Social Security Disability benefits have been denied, an attorney can help you through the often complex process of appealing your claim.
To schedule a free consultation with a social security disability lawyer in Greenville, SC, dial (864) 373-7333 to contact Ryan Montgomery. He has more than 10 years experienced handling SSDI, accident, injury, and wrongful death claims in upstate South Carolina.
Steps In The SSDI Application Process
Applying for Social Security benefits can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. With the help of an attorney, however, you can have a clear understanding from the outset of what you to expect and what you can do. Attorney Ryan Montgomery can provide you with the answers and insight you need to fully understand the Social Security Disability process. He has experience helping clients throughout upstate South Carolina from initial application to appeal. Contact the law firm of Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, in Greenville for a free consultation about your claim.
All applications for Social Security Disability benefits start with a similar process, which generally involves:
- Filing an application: You can file an application online for disability benefits or you can file an application at your local Social Security office. The process for filing an application is relatively simple, but it can be easy to make a mistake that can result in a denied claim. For this reason, it is important to work with a lawyer from the start who can ensure that your application is complete, accurate and an honest representation of the seriousness of your impairment.
- Review by an examiner: An examiner with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) will review your application. This includes collecting and reviewing your medical records to determine if your impairment qualifies for benefits.
- Medical examination: If your medical record is unclear or does not provide enough information for the examiner to make a decision, you may be required to submit to an examination by a doctor selected by the DDS.
- Determination: The review process can take a long time and it may be months before you find out if your application is approved. Once the examiner has completed the review and made a decision, you will receive notice of whether your application is accepted or denied.
- Appeal: If your claim is denied, you can appeal your denied claim with the help of a lawyer. There is a limited amount of time to appeal, so it is important that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.
The Benefits Of Having An SSDI Lawyer
If you have an impairment or condition that severely limits your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The first step to receiving those benefits is to submit an application to the Social Security Administration (SSA). While the SSA provides the forms and helps make the process easier by letting you apply online, you should seriously consider working with an attorney throughout the application process. Attorney Ryan Montgomery provides experienced insight and advice to clients filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in upstate South Carolina. Contact the law firm of Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, in Greenville for a free consultation about your application.
The SSA rejects approximately two-thirds of all Social Security Disability applications every year. But rejection can be avoided if you take the time to carefully prepare your application and seek advice and assistance from an adviser who has experience applying for SSDI and SSI benefits. A lawyer can:
- Determine if you qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits
- Help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls when filling out the application
- Coordinate with your doctor to ensure that your medical records accurately reflect the extent of your injuries and their impact on your ability to work
- Advise you on your benefit options and other avenues for obtaining compensation for your impairment, particularly if you were injured in an accident
Free Consultation And Set Fees
At the law firm of Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, your first consultation is free so that you can get to know attorney Ryan Montgomery and get answers to your questions about disability benefits and your claim. Then, when you hire Mr. Montgomery to represent you, his attorney’s fees are set by law and contingent on his success securing benefits for you. Mr. Montgomery will be paid only if he secures the benefits you need.
What To Do If Denied SSDI Benefits
The denial of Social Security Disability benefits can come as a surprise and it can be disheartening. Nearly two-thirds of all Social Security Disability applications are denied every year. However, there is hope. With the help of an attorney, you can appeal your denied claim and secure the benefits you need when you are unable to work. Attorney Ryan Montgomery has extensive experience guiding clients through the appeals process. He can help you understand the next steps, what you can do and what you can expect during the process.
For a free initial consultation about your denied Social Security Disability benefits and appeal, contact the law firm of Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina.
Importance Of Your Medical Records
When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, a claims examiner will review your application and your medical records. Many claims are denied because the medical records failed to provide clear evidence of the severity of the impairment.
When appealing a denied claim, attorney Ryan Montgomery coordinates your medical records with your doctor to ensure that they clearly demonstrate your inability to work and the permanence of your condition. With more than 10 years of experience handling a wide range of injury cases, Mr. Montgomery understands medical records and can speak the language of the medical profession to make sure that your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application is complete and accurate.
Stages Of Appealing SSDI Claims
There are multiple levels of appeal attorney Ryan Montgomery can help you explore to get the benefits you need. The first stage is called reconsideration. It involves the same process as your initial application, except your claim will be reviewed by a different claims examiner as if for the first time. This gives you a second chance at getting the benefits you need.
If your benefits are still denied after reconsideration, there are three additional levels of appeal:
- Hearing before an administrative law judge, which is similar to a trial
- Request a review by the Appeals Council
- File your case in federal court
Contact Ryan Montgomery, Attorney At Law, LLC
To schedule your free consultation with Greenville lawyer Ryan Montgomery about your denied SSDI benefits, call (864) 373-7333 today. You may also contact him by email.
Personalized And Responsive Attention To All Clients
SSDI Attorney Ryan Montgomery has an in-depth understanding of the SSDI and SSI processes. He can help you at any time in the process, from your initial application to any appeals. He is committed to giving your case the time, attention and personal representation you deserve.
Mr. Montgomery can answer your questions about Social Security Disability and help you understand what you can expect during the process. Let him put his experience to work for you.