Social Security Disability

Most everyone has the desire to provide for themselves and their families, so if you are unable to work due to a mental or physical impairment, I understand that it can be quite disheartening. I have counseled many clients in the same situation you’re in now, and I can tell you that there is hope for redemption. Social Security disability insurance was designed specifically to help those in your shoes. Below, I will discuss how to do determine if you qualify for disability benefits and how to go about applying for them.

What Does It Mean to Be Disabled?

A disability is defined as a mental or physical impairment that prevents you from performing work. The impairment must be long-lasting, meaning that it will persist for a year or more. Furthermore, this determination must be made by a doctor, and he or she must also document that you have sought out treatment for your disability. This is important because the Social Security Administration will not grant benefits to someone who has not first given medically supervised treatments a chance. 

If you’ve already done the latter, you’re at a good starting point. Still, before you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you must ensure that you have worked for an employer covered by Social Security. Take a look at your paystub or W-2. If Social Security contributions have been deducted from your gross income, you are said to have “work credits.” You can typically earn up to four credits for each year that you worked. The number of credits needed to qualify for disability benefits depends on the age you were when you became disabled, and you must use your credits before they expire. I can help you determine whether or not your impairment qualifies as a disability and help you calculate the number of work credits needed for benefits if it does.

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Getting the Benefits You Need 

Once you have a documented physical or mental disability and the necessary number of work credits, you are ready to begin the application process. You may submit your application online, over the phone, or in person at your nearest Social Security office, but it is important to remember that just because the process is convenient does not mean it is without its pitfalls. An attorney can help you gather all of the documentation needed for approval and verify that it is accurate. He or she can also ensure that the application is completed within the necessary time frame so that you are not denied for inconsequential reasons. 

Please, contact my office today to receive assistance with your Social Security disability claim. I have been helping my clients obtain the benefits they’re entitled to for over 40 years, and I will gladly work to ensure your protection and quality of life for years to come. 

Social Security Disability Attorney in Fort Worth, TX

Many questions arise when you’re applying for disability benefits. For instance, you may wonder if you can receive disability and unemployment benefits simultaneously. Please, do not worry. I offer complimentary consultations to all of my new clients to address these concerns and more. Contact my office today to schedule yours.