What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is a system that works to help those who suffer from a condition to the point of being unable to work. Fueled by tax dollars, the program distributes money via monthly checks to you when you need it most, attempting to sustain those who are unable to bring in a stable income on their own. There are two kinds of Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays those who have worked enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), on the other hand, deals out dollars based on financial need. Both forms of Social Security Disability are administered by the Social Security Administration and require that you meet specific medical qualifications to receive benefits.
How an Eagan Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
An experienced Social Security attorney should be able to identify what in your case closely resembles approved applicants and help highlight those factors. They can also give you a huge amount of insight into how the Social Security Administration judges applications. There are many things the administration looks for and many things that an applicant can do to bolster their chances of being approved—it’s no wonder that it is statistically proven those who file with an attorney are more likely to be approved.
At Hoglund Law, we share our knowledge and experience by granting potential clients a free case evaluation. During the eval, you will learn your chances of being approved and what you can do to best serve your filing. We also aid in filing, meaning that should you decide to pursue a claim, our firm will have your back every step of the way.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
If you are a resident of Eagan and suffer from any of these recognized conditions, you qualify for Social Security Disability: Neurological issues, mental disorders, various syndromes, immune system disorders, cancer, hematological disorders, respiratory illnesses, etc.
This list is not exhaustive and the criteria beneath each category may vary from your own definition—so it is important to consult an attorney or the Social Security website to make sure your condition matches. A fuller list can be found here.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
There are many factors that go into the approval and denial of Social Security Disability applications. Many people are denied on first application, and usually this is due to lack of medical evidence of a condition. In such cases, appealing the decision may be the best next step for you. However, there are other possibilities to consider after receiving a denial.
The Social Security Administration will not approve Social Security Disability benefits to someone whose condition is the result of ongoing drug or alcohol use. This is because they will attribute the disability to something within your control—believing that should the drug/alcohol use stop, so too would your condition. They also will not approve your claim if they believe your disability is short term (lasting less than 12 months) or not severe enough to impair your ability to work.
Other factors that may result in a denial include conditions arising due to or during convictions, refusal to cooperate with Social Security Administrative Officials, and fraud.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
Most applicants are denied when first applying. In fact, it isn’t until the actual hearing that applicants are more likely to be approved than not. Why? Because during your hearing you can better explain your condition, cross-examine witnesses, dispute evidence against you, and make arguments.
These things are much easier done with a Social Security Disability attorney who knows the ins and outs of what the Social Security Administration is looking for. If you have been denied and are unsure as to why, or simply do not know how to move forward to better your chances, then you should speak with a Hoglund Law lawyer during a free consultation, to have your steps moving forward and how to address the SSA’s concerns with your application better explained.
This completely free, no strings attached opportunity can help turn that denial into an approval and arm you with the knowledge you need to make a difficult time easier.
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - Eagan
4660 Slater Rd #146c
Eagan, MN 55122
4660 Slater Rd #146c
Eagan, MN 55122
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Eagan
To file, you will want to gather a list of information that will assist the Social Security Administration in determining that you qualify. This information includes a record of employers’ addresses, contact information, and names over the course of the last 15 years; contact information of all doctors, hospitals, and clinics that you have visited in relation to your condition; and a list of all the prescriptions you have taken or are taking in relation to your condition.
It’s okay if you do not have all of this information immediately. It’s better to apply right away and update your case to reflect the newly gathered information as it comes in. Why? Because every minute you wait to file is a minute that you are not receiving benefits. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will be approved and get that first paycheck.
You can either apply online or visit your closest Social Security Administration Office. For Eagan residents, that office is located at 6161 American Blvd W Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55438.
Most applicants are denied at first application. After being denied you will have 60 days to appeal the decision.
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 Eagan, MN
Eagan Minnesota resides just south of St. Paul and has a profound connection to nature, boasting several parks and the National Wildlife Refuge. Recently, the Minnesota Vikings built a training center within the city and are now able to use that facility to prepare for the year’s season. Cascade Waterpark is also located in Eagan and is the biggest outdoor waterpark in the upper Midwest. Because of its location near the Twin Cities, residents of Eagan reap many of the spoils of its neighboring cities, which makes it an ideal place to live for people who want easy access to entertainment, culture, and arts.