Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability / Supplemental Security Income?

Social Security Disability Attorney West Palm Beach

An injury or condition that leaves you unable to work can be devastating. It’s likely that your medical bills and everyday expenses are adding up at an alarming rate, but you have no way of earning a living and chipping away at this mountain of debt. If you have found yourself in this situation, our Social Security disability attorneys in West Palm Beach may be able to help.

If you have a disability that prevents you from seeking gainful employment, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. These payments could be the lifeline you need to avoid financial turmoil down the road. But applying for these benefits can be a complicated and stressful experience. Every claim is subject to a rigorous review process and even the smallest errors could lead to a denial.

At Donaldson & Weston, our SSDI attorneys can assist you with the logistics of your application. Upon reviewing your case, our lawyers will know which evidence to gather to prove your claim and can guide you through this challenging process. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 561-299-3999. 

A Social Security Disability Attorney in West Palm Beach Can Assist with Denied Claims

If your disability prevents you from working, filing for Social Security could give you access to the compensation you need to keep your head above water. However, these claims are often denied, and certain mistakes could mean your application is destined for the dustbin the moment it’s sent. If your claim has already been denied, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation.

Below we’ve listed a few common reasons why these claims are denied: 

  • You Can Still Do a Wide Range of Work: As part of a Social Security disability claim, you will need to prove that you are unable to work. While your records may list your limitations, it’s not unusual for claims examiners to omit certain details from their final report and conclude that you can still be able to engage in “light” work. As such, your claim may not accurately reflect your reduced income-earning capacity and will most likely be denied. For instance, if your disability prevents you from doing repetitive finger work—such as typing—and hinders your ability to reach overhead or stoop, this will severely limit your options when searching for gainful employment. If your claim is denied on the basis that you can still do “light” work, you should make sure to state the limitations that were omitted from the report as part of your appeal. 
  • You Don’t Have a Serious Medical Condition: Social Security disability benefits are only paid out to claimants whose conditions meet set guidelines. However, it’s possible you may be suffering from several medical conditions that, together, make it impossible or incredibly difficult to work. While claims assessors should evaluate the combined impact of non-serious medical conditions, it’s possible they may look at each condition and decide none are serious enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. When you appeal this decision, it may help strengthen your case to get your doctor to complete a residual functional capacity assessment that explains how your conditions—in combination—limit your ability to work. 
  • You Did Not List Your Psychological Limitations: Serious injuries, disabilities, and other conditions can have a significant impact on your psychological wellbeing. If you were diagnosed with, for example, depression or extreme levels of anxiety, it’s important to include this information as part of your application. Such issues can inhibit your ability to focus, communicate with your colleagues, and maintain a set schedule. A claims examiner should take these limitations into account when assessing your case. However, if you believe he or she overlooked such details, it may be in your best interests to speak to an SSD lawyer in West Palm Beach. At Donaldson & Weston, our legal team can assist you with gathering evidence to support your claim such as requesting a mental residual functional capacity assessment and compiling this evidence as part of your application.

Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

There are strict definitions for what does—and does not—qualify as a disability as part of a Social Security application. To comply with these guidelines, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your disability is expected to last for 12 months or more or will result in death;
  • Your disability prevents you from resuming work in the field you were working in prior to the disability; and
  • Your disability prevents you from adapting to a different field of work. 

Speak to a Social Security Disability Lawyer Today

Filing for Social Security can be a daunting prospect. If you don’t take the right precautions or forget to include important information as part of your application, your claim may be denied. Our Social Security disability lawyers in West Palm Beach can guide you through this complex process and help you fight for fair compensation. Contact us today at 561-299-3999 to discuss your application with an attorney.