West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Attorneys

Get the Support You Need to Seek the Benefits You Deserve

The Federal Government provides Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to individuals who cannot work because of physical and/or medical problems. At The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb in West Palm Beach, Florida, we work diligently to assist clients in obtaining the social security disability benefits they deserve.

*Note that we may refer your case to a highly-qualified, preferred law firm of Mr. Goldenfarb's choice. Call us, and if we refer your case to a local lawyer or firm that specialized in social security disability claims, please know that you will be in great hands. We would not refer a client to a lawyer or firm we do not thoroughly trust.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability

If you suffer from a medical condition that does or may prevent you from working for a year or more, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. The term used by the law is "substantial gainful employment," and proving you cannot engage in substantial gainful employment can be difficult. Among other items, you must be able to prove:

  • You are not employed
  • You have a severe impairment
  • This impairment will last a minimum of twelve months or lead to death
  • You have satisfied the Code of Federal Regulations medical listing requirements (If you are younger than 50 and unable to meet a medical listing, your chances of qualifying are diminished.)
  • You cannot perform any job held during your last 15 years of employment (known as "past relevant work")
  • You are unable to perform any available job based on your transferable skills and educational level
  • You have paid sufficient quarters into social security in the last five years

What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability

In some cases, benefits limit an individual to a certain type of work. For example, individuals between the ages of 50 and 54 may be limited to sedentary work. Those over 55 may be limited to light work. Other exceptions apply for individuals who cannot speak English. If you are near 62 years of age and qualify for SSDI, apply for benefits rather than taking early retirement. By doing so until age 65, you will not experience any reduction in benefits that can occur when early retirement is taken.

If you are eligible for SSDI, you are likely to be eligible for Medicare coverage within 36 months from the date the Social Security Administration (SSA) declares your disabled.

For those who do not qualify for SSDI, another federal program, known as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is available for impoverished people.

If You Are Denied Benefits

Very often, the SSA will deny an application for SSDI benefits, particularly if it is the first application. Often, the application is again denied at the reconsideration level. Once this occurs, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. While you do not necessarily need an attorney to follow these steps, a number of legal changes over the past twenty years have made the filing process more complex. In fact, claimants who attend a hearing without representation are denied twice as often as persons attending their hearing with an attorney.

How can a skilled social security disability attorney help you win your case? You might be surprised about what is needed to prepare and win your case including:

  • Gathering medical and other evidence
  • Contacting doctor(s) to obtain your medical reports
  • Requesting the SSA schedule a medical or psychological examination for you
  • Reviewing your Social Security file
  • Reviewing Social Security Administration decisions
  • Asking the SSA to reopen prior applications
  • Preparing you to testify at the hearing
  • Questioning witnesses at the hearing
  • Presenting appropriate opening and closing hearing statements
  • Arguing to have your claim favorably decided without a hearing
  • Verifying the SSA correctly calculates your benefits if you are successful

Why attempt to do all of this yourself when you can entrust your social security disability case to a knowledgeable, thoroughly experienced West Palm Beach Social Security Disability attorney like Craig Goldenfarb who knows how to navigate the laws and the courtroom?

It makes sense to contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb for the support you need and the skill to win the benefits you deserve. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. may refer a case in this practice area to co-counsel.

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