For most people, a job is a way to earn money to support a family. If something happens to prevent you from being able to work, there is a lot that will be affected. Your family’s home, lifestyle, and future can all be jeopardized if you suddenly have no way to earn a living.
Fortunately, the law accounts for these kinds of situations. Social security compensation and disability benefits allow individuals who have been temporarily or permanently hurt to continue to support their families. Although these benefits will never make an individual rich, they will help to create necessary support in times of need.
With the help of a qualified social security disability attorney, you can navigate the SSI system with ease. Although social security disability claims are often complicated, you can get what is rightfully yours with the help of an experienced attorney.
Many people are unaware of the benefits for which they might qualify if they are disabled and unable to work. Also, the process of obtaining Social Security benefits which are rightfully owed for death or disability can be frustrating, lengthy and cumbersome.
At Axelrod &; Associates, P.A., our Social Security Disability lawyers guide clients through the bureaucracy and red tape of the Social Security system to obtain their benefits. This can include such things as assisting in the filing of an application or appeal for benefits, completing paperwork, gathering evidence, obtaining medical records and communicating with physicians in order to obtain medical opinions necessary to help establish disability, and preparing the client for and attending hearings before an administrative law judge, if necessary.
Our Myrtle Beach SSD lawyers can help you obtain benefits through disability benefit programs such as these:
Not everyone who gets hurt or who is unable to work qualifies for social security and disability benefits. It is important to understand the criteria so that you have a better idea of whether you will qualify. An attorney can also help you determine your options.
The first qualification for social security benefits is that you have sufficiently contributed to the social security program through social security taxes. These taxes are paid through your paycheck, so most people must simply prove that they have contributed to the program by proving their employment. In most cases, if you have worked and paid into the program for ten years or more, you meet the first qualification. In situations where the individual is severely disabled and has never been able to work, exceptions can be made through the Social Security office.
Secondly, your condition must be categorized as “severe” according to the government. There is an exhaustive list of conditions that fall under this category and may qualify you for benefits. Some common conditions included in this list are:
The severity of your condition must be high enough that the social security office deems you unable to work for 12 months or that your condition will result in death.
The state of South Carolina also requires that you be under 65 years of age to apply for SSI benefits. You also must be a resident of the state to get state benefits.
The average disability check is between $840 and $1,400 a month. The amount varies from person to person, depending upon your income, level of ability to work, and other factors. The amount also changes from year to year. For most people, disability checks are only a small fraction of what they made in their previous employment.
It is important to know that there are other options if you need more support. Other state programs may be helpful to you if you are on social security benefits. For example, if you have been on SSDI for two years, the state automatically enrolls you in Medicare. This allows you to receive low-cost healthcare on top of your existing benefits. There are other similar state programs that have been created to help you as well.
Many applications for social security and disability benefits are denied. In fact, only about 30% of applications are accepted right away. This is a bleak statistic for many people.
Fortunately, working with an attorney can help. With our help, you can be sure that your application is properly completed and that all pertinent information is included. Small errors or incomplete information can delay or disqualify your application, even if you would otherwise be accepted into the program. With the help of a lawyer, you can be sure that your application is judged on its content rather than on any clerical errors.
Even with the help of an attorney, getting disability benefits is difficult. It may be a long process, which can cause stress and anxiety for many applicants. The SSI system is overloaded, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, so delays should be expected.
Generally, you can expect to hear a decision within 3–5 months of submitting your application. Waiting can be a significant financial burden, so it can be beneficial to have an attorney check on your application for you. We may be able to expedite the process under certain circumstances. This and ensuring that your application is accurately and properly completed are your two best strategies for getting support quickly.
Both the South Carolina state and federal governments have social security and disability benefits for those who need them. Federal social security benefits are your primary source of benefits. However, South Carolina’s program offers supplemental security for those who qualify.
This can be of significant help to many individuals. Although federal programs provide assistance, many people cannot live solely on federal support. The state program acts to supplement the federal payments and make it easier for individuals to get the support that they need.
There are three ways to apply for social security benefits in the state of South Carolina:
Submitting your application online may seem impersonal, but it is usually the most effective way to ensure that the information is correct and that it has been properly submitted. Your attorney can help with your application through any of these avenues.
Our team is passionate about ensuring that everyone has the support that they need to live healthy, happy lives. Individuals with disabilities deserve to receive financial and medical support from the government, and we are here to make sure that happens for you and your family. We have considerable experience with these applications and the bureaucracy that accompanies them, and we can guide you to make the right decisions when it comes to your social security and disability benefits. No matter what kind of help you need, we can assist you.