What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability benefits were designed to protect people like you from loss of income due to a condition that prevents them from working. If you think you qualify, it is extremely important that you contact a Social Security Disability attorney to help you receive the benefits you deserve.
There are two different types of Social Security Disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is for applicants who have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes, whereas SSI is distributed based on financial need. Regardless of which kind you apply for you must meet certain medical criteria to be considered disabled.
Unsure whether you meet the criteria, or simply want help figuring out the best strategy for applying? Your best course of action is to meet an experienced Hoglund Law attorney who will be able to give you a case evaluation for free—supplying you with the answers that you are looking for.
How a Minneapolis Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Though you only need to fall under one of three categories to qualify for Social Security Disability, the categories themselves are much narrower than people think and there are many factors that can lead to someone being wrongly denied. Unfortunately, there have been cases where people have filed an SSD or SSI case, were denied, and gave up without consulting an attorney. Often, there was just information missing in their file or they didn’t know what sort of evidence the Social Security Administration was looking for.
At Hoglund Law’s Minneapolis office, we know what information the Social Security Administration looks for and offer a free case evaluation to arm Minneapolis residents, like you, with that information. This means that if you have any doubt about whether you qualify for Social Security, or know you qualify but are unsure how to proceed, legal consultation is easily accessible to you. It also means that you will be able to find out exactly what you need to do to file your case and have the best shot at being approved.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
Disability is one of the three categories that those filing for Social Security fall under. The following list covers some of the conditions that qualify for Social Security. If you are at all unsure whether your specific condition qualifies, it is imperative you speak with an attorney for a free case evaluation, during which you will receive information specific to you.
If you live in Minneapolis and suffer from one of these conditions, it is possible you qualify for SSD: Mental Disorders, musculoskeletal problems, skin disorders, immune system disorders, digestive track disorders, speech and sense issues, cardiovascular conditions, neurological disorders, etc.
Again, this list is nowhere near exhaustive. Meeting with an attorney is the best way to get an idea of whether you specifically qualify. To see a longer list of qualifying conditions, click here.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
There are numerous reasons that people may be denied Social Security Disability. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough medical evidence to support—to the Social Security Administration’s standards—that an applicant has the condition they claim or that it prevents them from working. Other times the Social Security Administration simply fails to consider all of an applicant’s conditions. In these cases, we advise appealing the decision. But there are some cases where applicants will be denied due to things that disqualify them.
These situations can include an applicant’s use of drugs or alcohol, fraud, short term disability, convictions, etc. so it is important to consult with an attorney to be sure that these things will not impact your filing.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
Simply being denied once does not mean that you should give up. In fact, most applicants are denied in the first two rounds of application. It isn’t until applicants reach the hearing that they are fully able to explain why they need those benefits.
At a hearing you will be able to argue against information contained in your file, cross examine witnesses, and introduce new evidence to the administrative law judge—things that are much easier done with an attorney.
Therefore the best way to apply for Social Security Benefits is to contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to make sure that the information you file will be as complete as possible. They will be able to advise you on what must be done to get your case taken seriously, as well as protect your right to a fair hearing should your case be denied initially. These advantages cannot be overstated—in fact, statistics have shown that claimants represented by attorneys are more successful in receiving benefits than those representing themselves.
Our conveniently located Minneapolis office will be able to assist you in getting started. Your first step is to walk into the door for a free case evaluation where you will learn what you need to file successfully. Already filed? Coming in as soon as possible is important to allow our attorneys ample time to prepare for what comes next.
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - Minneapolis
100 S 5th St. STE 1962
Minneapolis, MN 55402
100 S 5th St. STE 1962
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Minneapolis
You will want to go into your local Social Security office to apply, or you can try filing online. The Social Security office in Minneapolis, Minnesota is located at 1811 Chicago Avenue Suite 2, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Be sure to bring with you the names, contact information, and addresses of all doctors, hospitals or clinics that you went to for treatment regarding your condition, as well as a list of condition-related prescription medications you’ve taken or are taking and the names/addresses of all previous employers within the last 15 years.
If you do not have all this information, you should still file with what you do have. Immediacy is crucial in filing, and you can always update your case later. The longer it takes you to apply the more time you will spend waiting for that first check.
To apply online for social security disability you may visit the social security disability website.
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 Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis is one half of the Minnesotan Twin Cities. The list of things to do and see in this city seems unending. Want to visit the biggest mall in America? You can. Want to see that cool sculpture with the cherry and the spoon? Titled “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” it, too, can be found within the city’s boundaries. If you’re a proud University of Minnesota gopher or “Purple Rain” is your go-to karaoke jam, then you know the value and bounty that Minneapolis brings to the table.