If you suffer a serious health condition, permanent or long-term Social Security Disability can be the safety net you need to sustain yourself. A Social Security Disability attorney can walk you through the application process and maximize your benefits.
Here are just a few of the ways that a Social Security Disability attorney can help you when you're most in need.
Preparing Your Application
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a massive bureaucratic entity. If your application is incomplete and/or inaccurate, your benefits can be delayed by months or years. Your Social Security Disability attorney can help you get approved the first time you apply.
Documentation: to be approved for long-term disability benefits, you need to document your medical condition and your inability to work. You need to prove that you're eligible for benefits in the first place. Your Social Security Disability attorney can work with your health care providers to create a timeline of your medical history. From there, they can work with an occupational or physical therapist to prove that you're no longer able to work. Next, your Social Security Disability attorney can provide a detailed record of your financial history. From your W2's to your employment history and the total value of your net worth, your Social Security Disability attorney can prove that you've paid into the system and need financial help to sustain your lifestyle.
Optimizing Your Benefits
During the COVID-19 crisis, many families have dealt with economic and medical setbacks. If your circumstances have changed since you initially filed for Social Security Disability benefits, your attorney can petition the SSA to review your case.
Income Waivers: if your previous household income prevented you from receiving the maximum benefits, your Social Security Disability lawyer can help you re-apply for benefits. This process requires a formal request to the SSA and detailed financial documentation. For instance, you might need to include your most recent paystubs and bank statements. If your Social Security Disability lawyer can show that your income is likely to stay below a certain threshold, you might be eligible for enhanced benefits.
Health Challenges: the COVID-19 crisis caused many familiy members to become long-term caregivers. If you fall into this category, your Social Security Disability attorney can substantiate your caregiver status, you might also qualify for an enhancement to your benefits. In these types of cases, your Social Security Disability attorney will need access to the individual(s) for whom you are providing care.
To learn more, contact a Social Security Disability attorney.