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Social Security isn’t just an excuse to take taxes out of your paycheck. That tax money goes into a program that makes payments to retired people and people who can’t work because of a short-term, long-term or permanent disability, as well as certain family members. The longer you have worked and the more you have contributed, the more you will be paid after you must stop working.
In a perfect world, Social Security payments would provide a safety net for people who are forced to retire due to a disability or long-term illness. Unfortunately, many people who apply for benefits find they are denied for technical or just plain incorrect reasons. These people must go through a long appeals process and possibly a federal lawsuit before they can collect their own Social Security payments.
If you or someone you care about has been denied Social Security benefits, contact one of our experienced South Carolina social security disability lawyers toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also contact us online for a free consultation.
Disability is the most commonly denied Social Security program; statistics show that fully 60% of disability claims are initially denied, often for procedural or technical reasons. The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative was introduced in October 2008 as a way to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s standards. There are 113 qualifying conditions involving neurological, mental, and immune system disorders on the list. However, sometimes even those with a listed medical condition can be denied benefits.
You are eligible for Social Security disability payments if:
After an initial denial of disability benefits, you have 60 days to ask the Social Security reviewers for reconsideration. About 80% of these requests are denied as well. You then have another 60 days to ask for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge who works for the Social Security Administration. This is an informal hearing, but a private attorney like the South Carolina Social Security disability attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm may be present. In fact, hiring an attorney who understands Social Security law is a good idea, because he or she can use that extensive knowledge of the law to present convincing arguments to the judge, as well as any evidence not included in your original claim and testimony from medical experts. The Social Security Administration limits how much an attorney may legally charge you for representation in an administrative proceeding.
This is not a court case where you must appear with an SSD attorney; they will review paperwork and decide whether the administrative law judge decided correctly. This can take up to three years. After that decision, you’re free to sue the government in federal court in order to obtain your Social Security benefits. An attorney is not technically required for this, but as with all court cases, having an attorney vastly improves your chances of success.
For more information, please see the Social Security Disability booklet and the Social Security Appeals Process booklet.
On the whole, fully half of all Social Security disability claim appeals are successful — implying that half of all claimants are incorrectly denied in the first place! Because of this high rate of wrongful denials, more and more Social Security claimants are hiring attorneys to help them appeal their claims.
Disability is an often misunderstood term. Many people who are disabled don’t know they are eligible for financial support, while others believe that lesser health issues entitle them to benefits. Understanding disability according to the federal government’s Social Security law and the State of South Carolina is important if you or someone you love is unable to work because of a medical condition.
The application process can be complicated, and more than half of the applicants are initially denied their benefits. If you or someone you care about has been denied Social Security benefits, contact the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also contact us online for a free consultation. We can help residents of Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter, Charleston, Irmo, Myrtle Beach, Richland County, Rock Hill and across South Carolina get the benefits deserved.
The Social Security Administration maintains two different programs for disabled people. Both types of disability require that certain criteria be met in order to qualify for benefits.
If you have worked and paid into Social Security and your disability meets the definition, benefits may be payable to you, your dependent children, and your widowed spouse after your death. Social Security Disability benefits are intended to continue for as long as your disability lasts and they can commence at any age. If you are disabled and receiving Social Security Disability and turn 65 years old, they become retirement benefits, but the amount does not change.
SSI, or Supplementary Security Income, also requires that your disability meet the same criteria. However, SSI is available even if you have not paid sufficiently into the Social Security system through your employment. Instead of a specific work history, the additional requirements for eligibility are related to your income and resources. For example, if you are single and disabled, and you own no more than $2,000 worth of goods in addition to your home and its lot, you may be eligible for SSI. If you are married, you can own $3,000 worth of goods in addition to your home. Determining what counts toward those $2,000 or $3,000 limits can vary; furniture and cars may or may not count, but stocks and bonds generally do.
While Social Security Disability and SSI are the two primary programs available for disabled persons, dependents and spouses may also be eligible for benefits. For instance, when someone who has worked and is entitled to Social Security benefits dies, the spouse may qualify for survivor benefits if age 60 or older, or, if he or she is disabled, they are entitled to widow or widower benefits beginning at age 50.
Children are also eligible for benefits – children who have a severe physical or mental ailment that is expected to last at least one year or is terminal may qualify for SSI, depending upon their family resources. If children meet the definition of disabled prior to their 22nd birthday, those benefits may extent past childhood. Children under the age of 18 who are not disabled but who are the dependents of parents who receive Social Security Disability may also receive benefits.
If your claim for disability has been rejected, contact the Social Security attorneys at Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible. We can help residents of Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter and throughout South Carolina get the appeals process moving quickly, preserve your right to an appeal and bring the balance of power back to your side. We’ve represented injured South Carolinians in government and court proceedings since 1959, and we understand how to get you the best possible result.
If you feel you were wrongly denied benefits, you should contact the South Carolina Social Security Claim Attorneys at Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible. We can help residents of Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter and throughout South Carolina get the appeals process moving quickly, preserve your right to an appeal and bring the balance of power back to your side.
And because we’ve represented injured South Carolinians in government and court proceedings since 1959, we understand how to get you the best possible result. For a free evaluation of your Social Security case, call the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also fill out the confidential online consultation form.