What is Social Security Disability
Meant to help people who suffer from a debilitating condition that makes it impossible to work, Social Security Disability deals out benefits from one of two sub-categories to qualifying applicants. The first, Social Security Disability Insurance, is for people who have paid their Social Security taxes and worked long enough to be considered insured. The second, Supplemental Security Income, does not require any sort of employment history but is given only to those who are shown to financially need it. Whether you are applying for either SSDI or SSI, you will need to meet specific medical criteria to qualify and there must be enough medical evidence to demonstrate to the Social Security Administration that you require benefits.
Are you looking to apply for social security disability in Duluth, Minnesota? Then you may want to start here.
How a Duluth Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Having a qualified Social Security Disability attorney in your corner can make all the difference in getting your claim approved. In fact, it is statistically proven to make an applicant more likely to receive their much-needed benefits. The reason for this is easy to see: an attorney has insight into how the Social Security Administration views and approves applications that applicants who likely have only been through the process once simply do not. Our Hoglund Law Social Security Disability lawyers have over 175 years combined experience which they have applied again and again in assisting over 30,000 clients like you.
To show you just how great a role the Hoglund Law difference can make in your application, we provide a free case evaluation during which many of your questions and concerns will be answered by an attorney. Should you choose to file, our office will be able to assist you.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
Only those meeting certain medical criteria that makes them unable to work qualify for Social Security Disability. If you are suffering from a medical condition that makes it difficult to work and believe you qualify, then it is imperative you meet with an attorney for a free case evaluation.
There is a list of qualifying conditions that the Social Security Administration has put together. While the list included below is not that list in its entirety, it does include some conditions acknowledged as qualifying.
If you live in Duluth, Minnesota and suffer from one of these conditions you qualify for benefits: respiratory illnesses, Sjogren’s Syndrome, AIDS, Lupus, autism, epilepsy, heart failure, IBD, and cancer. A more complete list can be found here.
If you are unsure whether you meet the specific medical criteria that the SSA has outlined or simply have other questions involving your claim, we encourage you to come into Hoglund Law’s office to speak with an attorney who can help.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
Due to the sheer amount of applications that the Social Security Administration receives, it is possible to be denied over the smallest of factors—a lack of medical evidence, oversight of specific symptoms, or simply unavailability of the client for contact. While these factors can usually be overcome, some factors automatically disqualify people from receiving Social Security benefits.
If it is unlikely that your condition will last over 12 months, you do not qualify for SSDI or SSI. Any condition lasting fewer than 12 months is considered a short-term disability, however, should your disability last a certain amount of time and should you continue treatment and be able to show the disability will continue, it is possible to apply for reconsideration.
If you use alcohol or drugs, are uncooperative with the SSA or in your treatment, or have a condition arising during or because of a conviction, you will likely be denied as well.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
While some people simply do not qualify for SSDI or SSI, if you truly suffer from a condition that prevents you from working, a denial is not a dead end. So many people who should be approved slip through the cracks of the first round of application and are denied. In fact, it isn’t until the opportunity for a hearing is presented to appellants that more people than not are approved.
The hearing allows you to present new evidence, argue how the medical evidence you present culminates in your inability to bring in substantial income, and cross-examine witnesses. All of these things are much easier to do when you are armed with a partner that knows what the SSA is looking for and how they will view your arguments in advance. This is why, if you’ve already been denied SSDI or SSI, we highly encourage you coming into our office before your 60 day appeal window passes for a free consultation. The longer we have to prepare, the greater your chances, so coming in as soon as possible is crucial to your success.
With the offer of a free consultation the only question you need to ask yourself isn’t what do you have to lose, but what will you miss out on if you don’t come in?
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - Duluth
228 N Central Ave #2,
Duluth, MN 55807
228 N Central Ave #2,
Duluth, MN 55807
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Duluth
You have a few options as to how you would like to apply. You can either apply in person, online or over the phone. To apply in person, simply visit the closest Social Security Administration Office in your area. For those living in Duluth, the closest office is located at this address: 130 W Superior St #400, Duluth, MN 55802.
Before applying you should take the time to gather some information to ensure that you are prepared for the filing. This information includes a fifteen-year record of employer’s names, addresses, and contact information; a list of all doctors, hospitals, and clinics you’ve visited for treatment of your condition; and the names of any prescription medications you’ve taken for your condition.
It isn’t necessary that you have all of this information when you first apply. Applying sooner is more important than being exhaustive as you can update this information as it comes in. Do not delay applying because, in so doing, you are also delaying the time that the first check you will receive will get to you.
Social Security Office Hours
Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed on Federal Holidays.
About Duluth, MN
Located on the bank of Lake Superior, Duluth is the 4th largest city in the State of Minnesota. And with the Superior cooling the summers and allowing the winters to be brutally cold, Duluth also earns the title of fifth coldest city in the United States. 85,884 people bare those temperatures, claiming Duluth as their chilly home, and the University of Minnesota Duluth dominates the city. With both salt and freshwater systems, the city contains abundant wildlife that can be found in both natural environments.