Social Security Disability (SSDI)

SSDI/SSI Benefit Applications

Filing an application for Social Security Disability benefits can be intimidating. In fact, many people do not even bother applying because of the sheer volume of information required to file an initial claim. On top of that, the answers you provide to the questions on the initial application are very important. In fact, in many instances, an entire disability case can hinge on the information provided on the application. With that in mind, the decision to hire an experienced, knowledgeable SSDI/SSI attorney to help you from application to approval of benefits is an easy one. 

Five-Step Evaluation

When evaluating disability applications, Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether you are disabled. The steps are as follows:

1. Are you engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA)?

If you make more than $1,260 per month (2020 amount) in countable income, then you do not qualify.

2. Do you have a medically determinable severe physical or mental impairment? The applicant must demonstrate that he or she suffers from a medically determinable condition that keeps him or her from working. This condition must have last or be expected to last for a year or longer, or must be expected to result in death. For more, see "qualifying conditions" below.

3. Does your medical condition meet or medically equal a listing?

To determine this, Social Security compares your conditions to those listed in its "Blue Book".

4. Can you perform your past relevant work (if any)?

Only certain jobs you have held count as past relevant work.

5. Can you make an adjustment to any other work?

If your conditions, age, education, and work experience disqualify you from other types of work, then you are found disabled.

Qualifying Conditions

To qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she suffers from a medically determinable condition that keeps him or her from working. This condition must have last or be expected to last for a year or longer, or must be expected to result in death.

 

To demonstrate that you have a condition like this, you must provide medical documentation from your doctor. This documentation can often seems confusing, especially to someone unfamiliar with medical terminology. An experienced Social Security disability attorney should be intimately familiar with the medical problems that can win a disability case. David Hicks has handled thousands of disability cases over his career. In so doing, he has represented clients with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities, including:​

  • Back pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Nervousness

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Mental retardation

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder

  • Diabetes

  • Neuropathy

  • Neck pain 

  • Joint Pain 

  • Obesity 

  • Bipolar Disorder ​

  • Schizophrenia 

  • Tremors  

  • ​Tourette's Syndrome

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Lupus

  • Endometriosis

  • Cancer

  • PTSD

  • Sjogren's Syndrome

  • COPD

  • Epilepsy

  • ​Migraines

  • Blindness

  • Hearing loss

  • Arthritis

  • Heart disease

  • ​HIV/AIDS

  • ​...and more. 

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When should I apply?

If you are considering filing a claim for benefits, ​​​​do not wait. For both SSDI and SSI, the date you file your application determines how much past-due benefits you may receive. Social Security claims can often take months, even years, to process, and this is another reason it is important to file your application as soon as possible. When it comes to your financial future, don't leave anything to chance. Let us handle every aspect of your claim. You won't pay us a dime unless we win your benefits.

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This website is an advertisement for legal services. Merely contacting this office does not establish an attorney-client relationship. The information provided herein is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to constitute legal advice. You should seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances. Offices located in Kentucky. Our firm serves clients in all 50 states. Services may be performed by others.  

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