Orlando Social Security Disability Lawyer
Have you sustained a serious injury that currently prevents you from working? Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are among the largest to provide compensation to Americans with disabilities. However, applying for Social Security can be a confusing process. While the application and appeals processes can be extremely complicated, we are not afraid of the work required to succeed.
If you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits or to appeal a denial of benefits, do not do it alone. We have the experience you need at your side to ensure you have the best chance of being approved for benefits. Contact a dedicated Orlando Social Security disability attorney today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.
Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits in Orlando
Obtaining disability benefits in Florida is a complicated process, and Social Security has a strict definition of what “disability” means in order to qualify. We will roll up our sleeves and get to work to get you benefits.
The Social Security law defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which . . . has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” Generally speaking, you will be considered disabled under Social Security rules if all of the following apply:
- You’re unable to perform the work that you did before you were injured or began suffering from a medical condition;
- Social Security determines that you can’t adjust to another type of work due to your current medical condition or conditions; and
- Your disability has already lasted, or is expected to last, for at least a year or your disability is expected to result in death.
Typically, the following questions, according to the Social Security Administration, can help you to determine whether you might qualify for benefits:
- Are you currently working?
- Is your condition considered severe?
- Is your condition listed as one of the “disabling conditions” for which benefits can be provided?
- Are you able to do the work you did prior to your current condition?
- Can you do any type of work?
Reasons for Seeking Disability Benefits
There are many different reasons that Floridians seek and obtain disability benefits. Specifically, there’s a list of impairments that are “considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.” Such conditions can include but are not limited to:
- Back injuries;
- Heart failure;
- Heart disease;
- Lung disease; and
In order to obtain benefits, you will need to submit an application. The claims can take quite awhile to process—between 3 and 5 months—so it’s important to make sure that your application will be successful the first time. Before applying, you will need to have a significant amount of information related to your condition and your prior work experience, including but not limited to:
- Medical records;
- Medications and dosages you’re currently taking;
- Names and contact information for medical providers;
- Detailed records about medical visits, including dates of visits;
- Results from laboratory tests;
- Description of your previous employment; and
- Recent W-2 form.
If you have already applied and were denied benefits, do not give up. We can file an appeal for you and fight for the benefits you deserve. Contact the Diederich Law Firm now to see if you may qualify.
Contact an Experienced Orlando Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you have applied for Social Security disability and been denied, you have a timeline of 60 days to request a hearing. If you miss this appeal timeline, you may have to reapply. Hire an experienced Social Security disability lawyer in Orlando to help with your case. We will stand by your side and will see your claim through. Our advocates can help you through this complicated process. Contact us now to review your claim.