Our Pensacola Attorneys Represent Clients in Social Security Disability Claims
You earned your benefits, so why was your claim denied?
If you worked long enough to earn Social Security disability benefits and your injury or illness has made it impossible for you to continue working, then you should be able to collect on what you have paid into for years. While that makes sense, it’s not always easy. In fact, as many as 70 percent of first-time Social Security disability (SSD) claims are denied.
At the AV®-rated law firm of Baker & Baker in Pensacola, we help people who are injured and need experienced legal counsel. We work to get you what you’re due, whether as compensation for a personal injury or the disability benefits you have earned. Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be daunting. As your disability lawyers in Florida, we take the burden off your shoulders and help ensure that you get the benefits you need for you and your family.
Understanding SSD benefits
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that:
- You have worked long enough to earn “credits” toward your disability insurance payments. In general, you can earn up to four credits per year. As of 2013, you earn one credit per $1,160 of wages or self-employment income. Therefore, once you have earned $4,640, you have reached your full credit amount for the year. The number of credits you must earn to qualify for benefits depends on the age at which you became disabled.
- You must have a medical condition that is severe enough that you can no longer work. By that, the government means that you are unable to do any type of work for which you are qualified. If you were a construction worker who can no longer do strenuous physical labor, you may not qualify for benefits if you previously worked in a fast food restaurant and you’re still strong enough to flip burgers.
- You must also have a condition that is on the Social Security Administration’s list of disabilities. The list includes conditions from heart problems and multiple sclerosis to depression and bipolar disorder.
We are committed to helping you get the benefits you have earned and the benefits you deserve. As your attorneys with thorough knowledge of disability law, we are with you every step of the way — from the initial application to reconsideration to hearings and appeals. When necessary, we consult medical experts who can help us build and support your case.
Contact our Pensacola Social Security claims attorneys today
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs, please contact us online or call us at 850-316-8247.