What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability payments come from one of two brackets: SSDI and SSI. SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, is for those who have enough work credits to qualify. Basically, they’ve paid their Social Security taxes while working consistently for at least five of the past ten years. Supplemental Security income, however, is given to those who financially need it—regardless of prior work history. To qualify for either, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s medical criteria and be disabled to the point of being unable to work.
How a St. Cloud Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Some people choose not to consult an attorney in filing a Social Security Disability claim—and it has been statistically proven that these people are less successful in getting approved. Why is this? An experienced lawyer should have the knowledge to identify risk factors within your application—saving you time and ensuring that you put your best foot forward. With so many applications received and reviewed, you want to be certain that your application is as perfect as possible.
At Hoglund Law, we offer a free case evaluation with an experienced lawyer—which means that at the very least you get the chance to see the strengths and weaknesses of your application. Should you choose to file with one of our Saint Cloud attorneys, you will be able to rest assured knowing your right to a hearing is protected and that the legal advice you receive is some of the best in the business.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
Social Security benefits are meant for those who struggle to work due to their medical conditions. It helps offset the cost of living, giving people the opportunity to survive in a money driven world. Due to the sheer amount of applications and the limited number of resources available, however, the Social Security Administration has strict qualifications that applicants must meet.
The SSA releases a list of qualifying conditions. The following is a short list of some of the conditions on it—however it is by no means exhaustive. For a more complete list, click here.
You qualify for Social Security Disability if you meet the medical criteria for schizophrenia, coronary artery disease, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive tract problems, back injuries, etc.
If you are uncertain whether you meet the medical criteria of a qualifying condition, or simply want advice on how to make your application as complete as possible, we encourage you to meet an attorney for a free case evaluation.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
There are many reasons that a person may be denied Social Security Disability. Whether there simply wasn’t enough medical evidence to show the Social Security Administration that you are unable to work, or the SSA failed to consider all factors impacting your ability to work, getting approved may be as simple as appealing the decision.
There are some red flags, however, that will almost always result in a denial from the SSA that you should be aware of. Use of drugs or alcohol and any convictions, if related to your condition, could result in immediate denial. If your condition isn’t likely to last longer than 12 months, it will be denied as well.
To determine what factors, if any, could get in the way of approval, it is best to speak with an attorney to discuss your case.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
Don’t miss your chance to appeal the decision and don’t get discouraged; most applicants are initially denied. In fact, it is only at the hearing, where you can bring in additional evidence, cross examine witnesses, and make additional arguments, that applicants are more likely than not to be approved.
It can be frustrating to be met with a denial, and even more frustrating to have to continue seeking treatment with doctors while you wait. This is why we want to help. We offer a free case evaluation to would-be clients. This evaluation is your chance to speak with a qualified and knowledgeable lawyer who can answer your questions about why you were likely denied and what can be done to fix the application. Should you choose to be represented by us, we will also fight to ensure that your claim isn’t wrongly denied.
Hoglund Law Social Security Disability - St. Cloud
606 25th Ave S #208
St Cloud, MN 56301
606 25th Ave S #208
St. Cloud, MN 56301
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in St. Cloud
Your first step is to gather relevant information that will help the Social Security Administration determine whether you will qualify. This information includes a fifteen year record of employer’s names, addresses, and contact information; a list of all prescribed medication you are taking or have taken for your condition; and a list of all hospitals, clinics, and doctors you have visited for treatment of your condition.
You second step is applying. Whether or not you have a complete list of the information above, you should apply with the information you do have. That way the process of getting your first check will be that much faster—just make sure to update the information as it comes in. To apply, you can either visit your closest Social Security Administration Office or go 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 St. Cloud, MN
With 68,043 people, St. Cloud isn’t only a city that benefits from the granite quarries that gave it the nickname Granite City. It is Minnesota’s tenth largest city and has drawn many creatives to its boundaries. It also has a large nightlife due to all the opportunities for entertainment located in the city and perhaps the contribution of the college located there. With so much to do and see, St. Cloud offers a little something to everyone.