Social Security Benefits for Injury Victims
Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program providing assistance to people who cannot work because of a medical condition expected to last more than one year or result in death. Social Security benefits are not automatic, however, once you become disabled. You must meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria for receiving benefits and submit a claim that specifically and completely addresses each requirement. In the Biloxi area, our SSD attorneys can help you obtain the maximum amount of social security benefits available to you.
Applying for SSD & SSI Benefits
Applications for SSD and SSI benefits are submitted to the federal government. The first two requirements that must be met are referred to as “earnings” requirements. One is a “recent work” test, which is based on age at the time of disability, and the other is a “duration of work” test, which determines if you worked long enough under Social Security. If you meet the earnings requirements, the federal government will send your application to a Disability Determination Services office here in Mississippi.
Once your application is at the state level, a Mississippi disability agent and/or doctor will evaluate your medical condition to determine if it qualifies as a disability. Factors they will look at include:
- Ways in which the condition limits your activities
- Medical test results
- Treatment you have received or are receiving
- The severity of your impairment
- Whether you are currently working
- Whether you can do the same work as before you became impaired
- Your ability to do any other type of work
In order to gain maximum benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance, it is important to work with an attorney who has proven success and experience handling SSD claims. Legal advice and counsel will give your claim a strong foundation and help ensure you file a complete, organized, and successful claim. While common Social Security questions may seem straightforward, they can be overwhelming, and it’s definitely not in your best interest to rush through your claim. At a minimum, you will be asked the following:
- Are you working?
- Do you have a severe medical condition?
- Can you list what impairments you have now?
- Can you do the work you could do prior to your accident?
- Can you perform a similar type of work?
- What is the exact nature of your claim and when did it begin?
- What have medical tests proven?
- What treatments did you receive?
- What treatments are you currently receiving?
At the Gardner Law Firm, our goal to provide you with clear guidance so that you can give thorough, on-point answers to these questions. We will help you fill out all necessary forms and obtain any supporting documentation you need to support your claim.
Talk to a Social Security Lawyer Today!
If you have suffered an accident or injury, the Gardner Law Firm can assist you in every aspect of recovery, from handling personal injury claims against insurance companies and at-fault parities to helping you receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits from the federal government. Give us a call or contact us online for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys in Biloxi, Pascagoula, or Hattiesburg. We also offer live chat to answer your immediate questions.