What is Social Security Disability
Not everyone can work all the time yet, in a world driven by money, not having a stable income can mean ruin. Enter Social Security Disability, a system meant to assist those who are unable to work due to a long-term disability or condition. There are two options for filing under Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to applicants who have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. The other option is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is given out based on financial need.
If you are uncertain about whether you qualify for Social Security Disability, or want help ensuring that your claim is as thorough and approvable as possible, then we encourage you to come in for a free case evaluation, during which many of your questions will be answered.
How an Edina Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Our Hoglund Law attorneys located in the Edina Office are equipped with over 175 years combined Social Security experience and know what it takes to get a Social Security Disability Application approved. Well versed in the Social Security Administration’s ways, you can be assured that a Hoglund Law lawyer will be able to see the holes and strengths within your application and give you the best available legal advice to get your claim filed stress free.
All you need to do is come in for a free consultation at our conveniently located office. During this no-strings-attached meeting, a qualified Social Security Disability attorney will evaluate your case and give you specific advice garnered towards what you need and, should you choose to hire an attorney to assist you in filing, prepare you for moving forward with our office.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
There are two forms of Social Security Disability that you should be familiar with. The first, SSDI or Social Security Disability insurance is available to those who are “insured.” Essentially, these individuals have paid enough Social Security taxes and worked long enough to gain this status. The second, SSI or Supplemental Security Income, is doled out based on financial need.
To qualify for either you must meet certain medical criteria as outlined by the Social Security Administration—the group that determines whether an applicant is approved or not. Namely, you must have a disability that is debilitating enough to prevent you from working.
There is a list of recognized conditions available in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book, but some of the conditions that are recognized include asthma, anxiety disorders, congestive heart failure, cancer, HIV, mental disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and various syndromes. For a more complete list, click here.
While the above list automatically qualifies, the criteria to meet what the Social Security Administration considers severe enough to qualify is stricter than many think. If you are uncertain whether your condition qualifies or are uncertain how to show the extent to which your condition impacts your life, it is time to come in for a free case evaluation where an experienced attorney will be able to answer your questions.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
There are several different reasons that people may be denied Social Security Disability. Sometimes the Social Security Administration fails to see just how debilitating a condition can be and needs further information regarding the condition. Sometimes there just isn’t enough medical evidence of the condition and an applicant needs to be more thorough. In such cases it is best to appeal. However, there are times when the actions of an applicant may impact their approval or—as the case goes—their disapproval.
Such cases include use of drugs and alcohol, existence of condition due to convictions or through the duration of a conviction, refusal to cooperate with the SSA, fraud, and short-term duration of disability.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
Receiving a denial from the Social Security Administration can seem disheartening but it is by no means the end of the road for an applicant. In fact, most applicants are denied upon initial application simply because it is hard to fully ascertain a person’s condition through the first round of application. It isn’t until the hearing that many applicants are able to explain their case enough to receive an approval.
What does this mean for you? It means that the denial you received shouldn’t seem like a roadblock. In fact, you can use that denial to fuel your appeal and determine what it is the SSA is looking for in your specific application. By scheduling a free case evaluation with Hoglund, you will be able to fully understand the reason for the denial and what can be done to turn it into an approval.
You have sixty days to appeal and coming in sooner rather than later is the best option to allow our attorneys the ability to best prepare you for what comes next. Even if you don’t decide to appeal with our firm, the knowledge our attorneys can gift you will be essential in putting your best step forward and turning a troubling time into something a little more manageable.
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - Edina
5201 Eden Ave. STE 337
Edina, MN 55436
5201 Eden Ave. STE 337
Edina, MN 55436
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Edina
If you live in Edina, Minnesota and want to file a Social Security claim, your first step is to gather some relevant information to help the Social Security Administration evaluate your case. You will need an account of the last 15 years’ worth of employers’ names, addresses, and contact info; a list of contact info of all doctors, hospitals, and clinics you saw in relation to your condition; and a list of all the prescription medications you are taking or have taken for your condition. This information will allow the SSA to determine whether the condition has, in fact, made it hard for you to work, what exactly your condition has done to you, and whether you are actively seeking treatment.
After gathering what you can of this information, you will either go to your local Social Security office or apply online. Remember: it is better to apply immediately and update your information as it comes in than to wait and apply later.
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 Edina, MN
47,941 people live in Edina Minnesota, marking it as a midsize city residing southwest of Minneapolis. It serves as a great representation for all things Minnesotan, which is exactly why Fargo was shot in the city. Also located in the city are Dairy Queen’s corporate offices, 44 well preserved parks, and the first ever indoor mall. Truly, Edina has something for everyone.