What is Social Security Disability?
The Social Security system was set up a long time ago as a part of the “New Deal” to provide security for U.S. citizens if they became medically unable to work or if they retired. This program would provide monthly income benefits and a medical insurance card to help people have their basic living needs.
There are four main benefits provided through Social Security: retirement, death and survivorship, and disability. Under Social Security rules, you’re considered disabled if you have a medical condition that keeps you from working for 12 consecutive months or more. At first, the system was simple but, over time, it has become the largest bureaucratic organization in the world. Now, most people get lost in a system that is full of deadlines and red tape.
Statistically speaking, over 75% of initial applicants get denied. As a result, many people give up. Ironically, over 60% of those that don’t, and go onto to a judge, will win their case.
Don't give up! If you have a medical condition that keeps you from working, it is only a matter of time before you will be able to prove it.
Is Social Security Disability right for me?
There are a lot of reasons why you could and should be entitled to disability benefits:
- You lost your job due to an inability to perform your work
- You ran out of money (short-term disability expired, or family members get tired of helping)
- You were recently diagnosed with an illness or injury
- You recently learned that you may be eligible
- Your disabled child just turned 18, but still requires care
In sum, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to work full time, you need to apply for Social Security Benefits.
What can a Social Security disability lawyer do for me?
Many people who have a disabling medical condition are overwhelmed. The pressure associated with having a disabling medical condition is almost palpable. This, combined with the financial stress of being unable to work; becomes too much for most people. If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, the last thing you need to worry about your disability case. At the Packard Law Firm, there are many ways that we can help you and your family.
Get the work done: In a social security case, there are so many deadlines, procedures, and mountains of government forms to be filled out. We will take that completely off your plate. We will focus on getting the work done so that you can focus on getting medical treatment.
Keep the government on track: Many times the government will do things that will unnecessarily delay the case. At the Packard Law Firm, we have studied the work processes of the government and we know how long the government should take to do their assignments. If your case is lagging behind, we will call the government to let them know that the case is not progressing fast enough, offer help, and do what it takes so that your case doesn’t get stuck in the system.
Develop your medical treatment plan: We know doctors in the greater San Antonio area. We have worked with many of them in the past with other disabled applicants to help get their benefits approved. If you are looking for treatment or you do not know what kind of doctors you should be seeing, or if you do not know where to go for treatment, our law firm can guide you. We have a very compassionate group of paralegals and attorneys that would be happy to give you this information in order to get the treatment you need and get your claim approved.
Make your case persuasive: Many times your case will require you to attend a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. We have a team of attorneys that are dedicated to advocating for disabled individuals at a hearing on a daily basis. We know how to best present your case evidence to each judge in a way that is convincing.
Maximize your benefits: Sometimes the government will make mistakes in calculating your benefits. If you win, we perform a quality review check to ensure that you are not only approved but that you are getting the correct amount of benefits.
How do I get started?
To apply for benefits, the process is simple, you can go into a local social security office, file online, or over the phone. However, some of the questions can be tricky and, if not answered correctly, can cost you undue expenses or delay your benefits. At the Packard Law Firm, we have teams that are dedicated to helping you and your family through the process. We can help you at whatever stage of the process you are at, whether...
- You need to apply. You believe that you have grounds for a disability claim and need help building your claim and filing your application.
- You have already applied. You have sent in your application but you’re worried that it may not have been strong enough or processed correctly.
- Your application has been denied. You applied once, received a denial based on insufficient evidence, and now need help with an appeal.
The Packard Law Firm’s Guarantee
Having personally experienced the family hardships of living with someone who is disabled, we have done everything we can to plan, learn, and work to help those who are suffering both physically and financially get the disability benefits they need. We do more than just hold your hand; we guide you through the entire nerve-racking claim process. We guarantee that we’ll do our best to...
- Listen to you. We understand how important it is to take the time to listen to our clients and understand their true concerns.
- Walk you through the process and educate you so that you have a complete understanding of your Social Security rights and options.
- File your government forms accurately and on time. This includes the initial application, request for reconsideration, Request for hearing, medical records, hearing briefs, and other government forms such as work history and function reports.
- Treat you with compassion and respect. We understand the process and we understand what it’s like to have family members who are disabled. We know that your disability is hard on both you and your family. Our clients are people with their own hopes and fears,
- Stay with you to the end. Even if your proposal is denied, we’ll help you rework your claim for an appeal.
How much will it cost me to hire the Packard law Firm?
At the Packard law firm, we understand that if you are disabled, and cannot work, you cannot afford to pay anything up front. That is why we do not charge an up-front attorney fee or require a retainer to begin working on your Social Security disability case.
You will only pay a Social Security disability lawyer if you win your case. In addition, our fee is usually limited to 25% of the past-due benefits that you are awarded. Note that our firm is only paid out of the retroactive benefits (or back pay). There is no fee for any future or ongoing benefits after you win.
Filing for disability benefits can be extremely confusing. In addition to the massive load of paperwork required, you will also need expert testimonies, the medical evidence of injuries, and the right abilities to convince the Social Security Administration of your need. Remember, thousands of other applicants are fighting to get a portion of the Social Security budget—you need a strong claim in order to stand out.
Contact us today at 210-340-8877 to get the help you need. You can also come and see us at our San Antonio office for a free consultation.
Social Security Disability Review
Written by: Michelle Diaz
Packard Law Firm
Date published: 02/29/2017
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