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North Myrtle Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

North Myrtle Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

North Myrtle Beach Social Security Disability Attorney

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers monthly payroll benefits to individuals who have medically determined disabilities that restrict their ability to work. These benefits are issued by the federal government’s insurance program, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

About 10 million disabled workers, and around 1.5 million of their dependents, make up roughly 13% of the people currently on Social Security. Disabled workers make up the second-largest group of Social Security Income (SSI) recipients, second only to retirees. Many people have trouble getting disability benefits, whether due to difficulty completing the application process, one or more denials, or confusion as to where to even begin. Living with a disability is hard enough, and no one should have to suffer without disability insurance if they qualify for these benefits. Unfortunately, though, many people who qualify for SSDI get denied benefits. Applicants in North Myrtle Beach who hire an SSDI lawyer have a better chance of getting approved for benefits.

North Myrtle Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

Axelrod & Associates, P.A.: Your North Myrtle Beach Social Security Disability Attorneys

Axelrod & Associates, P.A., believes in putting the customer first and practicing customer service within our law firm. We aim to make our clients feel important by respecting them and working hard to find the most ideal outcome for every case we take on. We’re committed to dealing with the necessary legal issues so they can get on with their lives.

Axelrod & Associates, P.A., is an established part of the North Myrtle Beach community. We offer flexible hours to accommodate the busy schedules of our clients and treat them as more than just customers; we regard them as friends, neighbors, and guests. Together, our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in South Carolina. We have shown outstanding success in cases involving social security disability as well as in the many other areas of law in which we practice.

How to Qualify for SSDI

To qualify for disability benefits, you must meet several requirements. It is important that you understand these requirements, and if you don’t know if you qualify, a disability attorney can:

  • Explain these prerequisites.
  • Help you determine if you meet them.
  • Assist in exploring your options for obtaining benefits through the SSA.

If all the below statements are true for you, chances are you meet the qualifications necessary to receive SSDI.

  • You have worked in a field in which you paid payroll taxes into the program via social security taxes.
  • You paid into the program for at least 10 years.
  • You have a condition that meets the SSA’s strict definition of medical conditions that qualify as a disability (e.g., asthma, autism spectrum disorder, a severe mental illness, cancer, chronic liver disease, etc.).
  • You are unable to work for 12 months due to your condition, or you have an incurable condition that you will likely not survive.
  • Your condition limits you from performing work tasks such as standing, walking, lifting, sitting, and remembering.
  • You are unable to work at your former job, and you are unable to work at another job due to your condition.
  • You are under 65 years old.
  • You are a resident of South Carolina.
  • You do not currently earn more than the maximum income limit ($1,470 for 2024).

Common Reasons for Application Denials

At the national level, only about 35% of SSDI applicants get approved for benefits following their first application. That means that 65% of applicants are denied. Many applications for SSDI benefits are rejected immediately due to a minor error, missing information, or misleading information on the initial application. Other reasons for denial of SSDI applications are that the applicant:

  • Earns too much income already.
  • Did not provide enough evidence to prove a disability.
  • Failed to follow their doctor’s orders (indicating the applicant contributed to their inability to work by not following treatment recommendations).
  • Had not sufficiently paid into the program.
  • Had a previously denied application or SSDI appeal.

Another difficulty for some applicants is that it is hard to prove some mental health disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and many other conditions. The most convincing way to back up claims for these is to have a lengthy history of doctors’ and mental health professionals’ visits, along with medical records related to the condition and medical treatments.

When SSDI benefits are denied, it can be a big disappointment for individuals who were counting on the support they so desperately need. Those who do get denied, though, can appeal that decision at an appeal hearing. Applicants have far better success going forward with an experienced disability lawyer, like one of the knowledgeable and highly qualified disability lawyers at Axelrod & Associates, P.A.

Social Security Disability Lawyer FAQs

Q: What Is the Most Approved Disability?

A: The most commonly approved SSDI disabilities are arthritis and other musculoskeletal system conditions, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

These disorders are approved more often than other disorders because they are easy to prove and are very common among workers. Upwards of 60 million employees suffer from arthritis alone in the U.S.

Q: What Is the Most an Attorney Can Charge for Disability?

A: The SSA puts strict limits on how much disability attorneys can charge their clients. Lawyers may only collect legal fees after their client’s application has been approved and they have received back pay. A disability lawyer may then only charge clients up to the maximum amount of 25% of the back benefits, but no more than $6,000.

Q: What Disqualifies a Person From Disability?

A: There are many things that can disqualify someone from SSDI, and the window for qualifying is so small that it is easier to list the things that qualify an applicant for benefits. Factors that affect eligibility for SSDI are related to:

  • Work history
  • Payment of payroll taxes into SSDI insurance
  • Type and severity of their medical condition
  • Ability to earn income
  • Current income
  • The willingness of the applicant to improve their condition by following up with doctors

Q: How Hard Is It to Get Disability in South Carolina?

The approval rate for SSDI in South Carolina is in the top five in the nation. Where the national average is fairly low at a 35% approval rate, the SC average is an impressive 60% approval for hearings. Applicants with lawyers are three times more likely to have a favorable outcome in their social security disability case than those who do not have professional legal representation.

Got Axelrod?

Get the support you need from the passionate legal team at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. We believe everyone deserves the right to receive the benefits they are entitled to. We know how to navigate the red tape of SSDI bureaucracy to help you receive your disability benefits from SSA or an alternative program. We are prepared to answer your questions and help in any way we can. Contact Axelrod & Associates, P.A., today and start working on your social security disability case so you can get the disability benefits you qualify for.


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