What is Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability benefits are designed to act as a safety net when you need them most. Two programs fall under Social Security Disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While the programs sound similar, they are tasked with serving different segments of the population and have different eligibility requirements. SSI is a financially means tested program while SSDI provides benefits to individuals who have contributed to the system through years spent in the workforce.
How an St. Louis Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help
Understanding if you qualify for benefits, determining why your claim has been denied, or proving your condition during a hearing can all be overwhelming when handled alone. During a difficult time, you shouldn’t have to juggle the burden of filing a claim on your own. If you have been denied benefits, our skilled Social Security Disability attorneys are prepared to aid in appealing your claim and representing you in a hearing to fight for your benefits.
At Hoglund Law’s St. Louis office, we understand the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration and what exactly goes into a case for it to be approved. Whether you are trying to understand why your case was denied or how to best prepare for a hearing, a free case evaluation will arm you with the opinion of an experienced attorney and set you up for success in pursuing benefits.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability
You may qualify for benefits in one of two ways. First, you can automatically qualify if your condition is one of the conditions released by the Social Security Administration as an approved disability and you meet the criteria attached to that condition. This avenue for acquiring benefits can be tricky due to the precise necessary qualifications. Many people opt for an alternative route to demonstrate the impact their condition has on the capacity to work. This alternative requires you prove you cannot perform substantial gainful activity in the workforce.
If you are living in St. Louis and currently suffer from or expect to suffer from one of the following conditions, you may meet the requirements for Social Security Disability eligibility: skin disorders, mental disorders, cancer, digestive tract disorders, immune system deficiencies, or neurological disorders.
If you are unsure if you qualify for benefits or do not know your best option for proving eligibility, you will benefit from a free case evaluation with Hoglund Law right here in St. Louis.
Why Are People Denied Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration makes it difficult to pursue benefits, setting strict requirements and administering many denials in the first round due to the sheer volume of applications. Many times, qualified people are denied simply because they missed a technicality or did not submit adequate medical records. If this is you, a skilled attorney will guide you in the direction of appealing your case with the proper documentation and your denial can be swiftly reversed.
However, sometimes larger issues block approval. If you are living with a short-term condition meaning it is likely to be resolved within a year, you will not qualify for benefits. Drug and alcohol use that has caused or contributed to your condition will also inhibit you from qualifying. Furthermore, a past conviction or refusal to cooperate with the SSA will not result in ultimate approval. It is important to understand how SSA regulations apply to your case and if they will get in the way of you qualifying.
Have You Been Denied SSDI / SSI?
It can feel incredibly scary to be denied benefits when your inability to work is completely out of your hands. However, you should not panic, this is simply a normal part of the process and if you are qualified to be receiving benefits, an attorney can ensure a minor technicality does not stop you from getting the relief you deserve. By appealing your decision, you are granted the opportunity to introduce new medical evidence to your case, cross examine witnesses, and make or have an attorney make legal arguments in your favor.
Handling the next steps following a denial is made substantially easier with the help of legal counsel. Not only is it exponentially easier to appeal with an attorney but statistics prove that individuals who appeal with representation have a higher chance of being approved.
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St. Louis, MO 63141
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How to apply for Social Security Benefits in St. Louis
To initially apply for benefits you will need to visit your local Social Security office located at 717 N 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. If it is easier for you, you may also apply online or over the phone. When applying, you will want to have access to the necessary documents that prove your medical history and display your employment history. The SSA requires you supply them with the following: a complete list of prescriptions you have taken to treat your condition, your employment history for the past 15 years, and the names, contact information, and address of any hospitals, clinics, and doctors that have treated your condition.
At this point, the most important thing is for you to apply as soon as possible. The sooner you apply for benefits, the sooner you get the relief you deserve. You can always add documents to your file after applying but you cannot make up for the time you spent not collecting benefits.
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. Louis, MO
Built along the Mississippi River, St. Louis welcomes you to the West through the iconic Gateway Arch into the city exploding with attractions. For a balanced day visiting this thriving city, tourists pair visiting the St. Louis Cathedral with an Anheuser-Busch factory tour. You can even venture to the Missouri Botanical Gardens after a walking food tour or experiencing the blues music culture.
Between the free Saint Louis Zoo and the historic Forest Park where the 1904 Olympics were held, St. Louis lures the whole family in. Named after Louis IX of France, St. Louis has since embraced a culture of barbeque, beer, and blues. The relaxed culture pairs perfectly with any one of the numerous professional sports teams of the city.