Helping you Win Your Connecticut SSD Appeal
WINNING SSD BENEFITS FOR OUR CLIENTS
Not everyone who applies for Social Security and SSI disability benefits fits Social Security's definition of disability. In order to sort out the individuals who fit the definition, the decision makers with the Social Security Administration need large amounts of detailed information about each claimant so that they can make the best decisions possible. What that means for disability benefit applicants is that they are required to complete a multitude of tasks, both large and small, to make sure they are heard and understood.
What an experienced and diligent Hartford Social Security attorney will do is to work with you to put your case in the best position for a favorable determination at all levels of appeal. If you select us to represent you in your SSD or SSI case we will work with you to find and to make sure that Social Security has the evidence necessary to make a favorable decision. That attorney will figure out how the facts of your situation fit Social Security's definition of disability and will strive to develop sound and convincing legal arguments. If you have a hearing, that attorney will prepare you before the hearing so you know what to expect. That attorney will represent you at the hearing, cross examine any experts and try to ease some of the stress you may feel. That is what I will do for you.
The process can be confusing, frustrating and emotionally draining. We have been handling Connecticut Social Security Disability cases since 1986, and with the knowledge I have gained through the years, I can remove some of that burden. With a lessening of the weight of this burden, my clients can concentrate on improving their health instead of on the process of obtaining benefits.
A disability affects all areas of a person's life. It can result in life changes that feel catastrophic and overwhelming. It affects finances. It affects relationships. It affects how others look at you and how you look yourself.
While I cannot solve all of the problems that arise because of a disability, I can help to obtain a more solid financial base. Disability benefits do not replace all income lost but they can at least provide a firm foundation upon which to rebuild disrupted lives.
It is my goal to provide high quality legal representation to disabled individuals seeking benefits from the Social Security Administration. I provide people who have, unhappily, given up their work capabilities with an understanding of the loss they feel. To those who have not been able to work much if at all, I provide encouragement and help.
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Understanding Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits
If you're in Connecticut and facing disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is designed for individuals who can no longer work due to a significant impairment. Eligibility requires that the disability is expected to last over a year or result in death.
Not just for individuals, SSDI benefits extend to family members, such as:
- Spouses: Eligibility includes those aged 62 or older, or those of any age caring for a beneficiary's child, provided the child is under 16 or disabled.
- Divorced Spouses: Divorced individuals aged 62 or older can qualify under specific conditions, including a marriage of at least 10 years to the beneficiary and not being currently remarried.
- Children: This includes natural, adopted, stepchildren, and grandchildren under 18. Also, unmarried children aged 18 or older with a pre-existing disability may qualify.
Need Assistance with Your SSDI Claim in Connecticut? Contact James F. Aspell, P.C. at 860-523-8783 , or reach us online for a consultation with our dedicated SSD lawyers in Connecticut. We specialize in navigating the complexities of SSDI claims and appeals.
Who is Eligible for SSDI Benefits?
Demographics and Challenges: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 12% of the American population, over 37 million people, are disabled. When these individuals can't work, they often turn to SSDI. However, the SSA denies 60% of initial claims and 85% of appeals, making knowledgeable legal assistance crucial.
SSDI Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for SSDI, applicants must have accrued sufficient work credits. Additionally:
- Applicants must earn less than $1,220 per month.
- The condition must be severe enough to significantly impact the ability to work.
- Qualification may depend on the SSA's list of conditions or equivalent severity.
Family members, such as spouses, divorced spouses, and children, may also qualify under specific conditions.
What Medical Conditions Qualify for SSD Benefits?
The SSA's 'Blue Book' is an annually updated manual listing qualifying conditions. This comprehensive guide covers a wide range of physical and mental impairments.
Other Factors Considered by SSA
The SSA also evaluates an individual's age, education, language skills, vocational experience, and overall functioning capacity when determining eligibility for transitioning to different types of work.
Evaluating SSDI Claims
The SSA's 5-step evaluation process includes:
- Assessment of current work status.
- Severity of the condition.
- Comparison with conditions in the 'Blue Book'.
- Ability to perform previous work.
- Capacity to undertake different work.
Frequently Asked Questions about SSDI
What is SSDI? Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program assisting workers disabled to the extent that they can't work, with impairments expected to last at least a year or result in death.
How to Apply for SSDI? Applications can be made online, by phone (800-772-1213), or in person at a local SSA office.
What to Do If Denied SSDI Benefits? Denied claims can be appealed. It's crucial to file an appeal promptly, as processing can be lengthy.
How to Appeal an SSDI Denial? Appeals must be filed within 60 days of denial, with four levels of appeal available.
Do I Qualify for SSDI? Eligibility is determined based on the severity and type of disability, inability to continue previous work, and potential to adapt to new work.