What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is divided into two programs, designed to administer benefits to individuals experiencing an inability to work due to a physical or mental impairment. If you this sounds like something you are currently or expect to experience, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is designed to give benefits to individuals who have worked for a certain amount of time in recent years and have been contributing to the system through Social Security taxes. SSI administers aid to qualifying individuals meeting means tested financial requirements.
How a Forest Lake Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Understanding the intricacies of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and how to create an action plan for pursuing benefits is a challenging feat, especially when you are already dealing with the burden of a medical condition. This is where we come in. Our team of Social Security Disability attorneys are armed with decades of experience and understand the necessary components to an approvable case.
With free case evaluations, you have the opportunity to hear the opinion of someone who is dedicated to protecting St. Paul residents from income loss during trying times. If you have already been denied benefits in an initial decision, our attorneys are prepared to guide you through an appeal hearing and ensure your case is as strong as it can be. Do not forgo benefits without having your case evaluated free of cost by one of our attorneys.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
If you are living in Forest Lake and are currently experiencing one of the following work inhibiting conditions, you may be eligible for benefits: mental disorders, musculoskeletal problems, skin disorders, immune system disorders, or digestive tract disorders. The previous list does not display all qualifying conditions but click here for a more complete list.
You may automatically qualify for benefits by meeting the established criteria for a given condition as determined by the SSA. However, there is another avenue to qualify if you do not reach the rigid requirements the SSA provides. You may also be approved if you can prove you cannot perform substantial gainful activity.
To determine which route is the best fit for you and how to qualify as soon as possible, schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Social Security Disability lawyers right here in Forest Lake.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
People are denied Social Security Disability benefits for a number of reasons ranging from minor issues in medical records to larger, disqualifying factors. Many times, qualified individuals aren’t approved simply because they did not submit ample medical evidence to prove their condition or the SSA did not fully consider the extent of their condition. These minor issues can be remedied through a simple appeal for reconsideration.
Conversely, there are times where certain components will disqualify an individual from benefits. Drug and alcohol use, fraud, short term disability, and previous convictions will likely impact your filing and impede on your ability to qualify for benefits.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
If you have gone through the application process only to end up with a denial, you should not lose hope. This is unfortunately usually just part of the journey towards approval. A substantial number of qualifying individuals are not approved for benefits until they appeal their denial and have the opportunity to fully elaborate on their condition in a hearing.
At a hearing, you are granted the opportunity to cross examine witnesses, add evidence to your file, and argue against information that may have caused your denial. The hearing process is not only easier with the help of an attorney but statistics show it actually improves your chances of winning your case. An experienced attorney who knows what goes into a strong case will help prepare your case and defend you in the hearing.
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808 W Broadway Ave.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
808 W Broadway Ave.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Forest Lake
Initial filing for Social Security Disability benefits is simple once you have collected all the necessary documentation regarding your condition. If you believe you qualify and are thinking about applying, you will need to gather information including a list of all prescriptions you have taken for your condition and your employment history for the past 15 years. Additionally, you will need all the names, addresses, and contact information for any hospitals, doctors, and clinics you have used for condition treatment.
Once you have gathered most or all of this information, you can apply in person at your nearest Social Security Administration office (332 Minnesota St N650, St Paul, MN 55101). If you prefer, you may apply over the phone or online.
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 Forest Lake, MN
Located in the corner of Washington county, Forest Lake provides its residents with the mixture of oasis and adventure. Hundreds of Twin Cities commuters are welcomed home each day with the comfort of the safety and sense of community this suburban town provides. Furthermore, Forest Lake is located in a remarkable school district with top tier educators and stellar curriculum. On top of being notable for economic and academic opportunities, this suburb has no shortage of recreation.
Forest Lake residents can be found horseback riding around the lake, basking in the Minnesota summer sun at a swimming beach in the warmer months, or bounding through a blanket of fresh snow on a snowmobile come December. Forest Lake is 35.5 square miles of remarkable natural land, thoughtfully developed and filled with hardworking Minnesotans. May it be the middle of winter or a beautiful summer day, this town’s ceaseless list of recreational activities will entertain you dawn to dusk.