What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is a tool meant to assist those who are disabled and cannot work. The Social Security Administration oversees and administers benefits to people filing one of two claims: SSI and SSDI. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for disabled applicants that demonstrate financial need while Social Security Disability Insurance is for applicants who have worked long enough and paid their Social Security taxes. Regardless of which you apply for, you must meet certain medical criteria to be approved and possess the evidence to demonstrate that you meet said criteria.
How a Rochester MN Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Applying for Social Security Disability can be a confusing task. For one, there is a lot of information that needs to be gathered and, for another, many applicants who should be approved are initially denied. The process of appealing the case and of filling in the blank spaces the SSA has identified in a file is a burdensome and confounding process for several people. Luckily, out Hoglund attorneys have what it takes to make the difficult and mundane work simple.
The best part? We offer a free case evaluation to alleviate some of the worry right off the bat—answering your questions and concerns with the best legal advice available. You can rest assured that, should you choose to file with us, your claim will be treated with every ounce of diligence that you experience during that consultation.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
You must meet the SSA’s definitions of disabled in order to receive benefits, which begs the question: what is their definition of disabled? There are certain medical criteria depending on your condition that you must meet and the Social Security Association provides an outline of what that is to attempt at clarity for applicants. While we cannot possibly list all criteria for all conditions recognized by the Social Security Administration in this paragraph, a fuller list can be found here and during your free case evaluation an attorney will speak with you about what you specifically need to get approved.
If you live in Rochester and meet the SSA’s criteria for one of these conditions, then you qualify for Social Security Disability: schizophrenia, musculoskeletal problems, skin disorders, immune system disorders, digestive track disorders, speech and sense issues, cardiovascular conditions, neurological disorders, etc.
Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list, and to get case specific questions answered it is best to meet with a qualified attorney for a free case evaluation.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
The most common reason that we see for denials from the Social Security Administration involves a lack of medical evidence supporting the claim. This is why it is essential that throughout the process of applying and waiting for approval you continue to seek treatment. However, there are certain factors that will result in an almost immediate denial from the Social Security Administration.
Drug and alcohol use is a factor that the SSA puts a lot of weight in. SSI and SSDI is for people unable to work due to a condition that is out of their control—if you use alcohol or drugs and they play even the slightest role in your health, the SSA will likely determine that your condition wouldn’t be as debilitating if you were to simply halt use of these substances. Rather than give precious resources to you, then, they will give them to someone they believe truly needs help.
Any conditions arising or worsening during imprisonment from a conviction will often disqualify you as well, at least until release, from receiving benefits. If your condition was worsened or created while committing a felony you will also be automatically disqualified.
Other factors that will negatively impact your application include a refusal to cooperate, fraud, a short-term disability lasting fewer than 12 months, and the inability to be contacted by the SSA.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
A denial does not have to be permanent and is more common than you might think. Most are, in fact, denied during the first two rounds of application. It isn’t until your hearing in front of a judge that you will be best able to represent your case and thus most likely to have your case approved.
However, the hearing is much easier with an attorney on your side. Why? Because the best benefits that you gain in your hearing are those that a qualified attorney has been trained to make use of. Cross-examining witnesses, presenting oral arguments with new and old evidence of your condition, and refuting false assumptions regarding your conditions are exactly the tools that our Hoglund Law attorneys have been taught to wield with the greatest effect.
It has even been statistically proven that individuals represented by attorneys are much more successful in receiving benefits from the SSA than those who do not have a Social Security Disability lawyer in their corner.
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - Rochester MN
1500 1st Ave NE #110e,
Rochester, MN 55906
1500 1st Ave NE #110e,
Rochester, MN 55906
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in Rochester, MN
You can apply for Social Security Benefits by either visiting your local Social Security Administration Office or going online. The local SSA office for residents of Rochester is 2443 Clare Ln NE #100, Rochester, MN 55906.
Before applying, however, you will need to gather information including a list of all employers covering the last 15 years; any and all prescription medications you’ve taken for your condition; and any and all clinics, hospitals, and doctors that you have seen in relation to your condition. While it is important to be as thorough as possible to get approved by the Social Security Administration, it isn’t important that you have all of this information when first applying. It is of far greater import that you apply as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to receive your first check quickly. Information can be added as it comes in.
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 Rochester, MN
Rochester is the home of one of the best medical care facilities in the world. That facility, Mayo Clinic, has served in making many notable people—including several U.S. presidents—well again, and contributed a lot to the field of medicine. With such outstanding medical prowess, it’s no wonder Rochester is the third largest city in Minnesota, with 114,011 people living in the community, and proudly bears the title of a Purple Heart City, honoring those fallen and injured in combat.