Whether you or a loved one have been coping with a disability since birth or have developed a serious medical condition later in life, there are many physical, emotional, and financial challenges to overcome.
To help individuals overcome the financial struggle from not being able to work because of a disability, the federal government provides benefits to disabled individuals who qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).Definition of Disability
SSA considers a person "disabled" if he or she:
- is incapable of doing work that was done previously;
- can't adjust to other types of work due to the medical condition(s) causing disability; and
- has a disability that's lasted or is expected to last for a minimum of one year or result in death.
Disability is a reality that affects the lives of thousands. According to SSA, a 20-year-old worker has a 3-in-10 chance of suffering from a disability before he or she reaches retirement age.Complex Application & Appeals Process
Individuals who have a disability as defined by SSA and meet specific medical criteria may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. However, obtaining these benefits can often feel like an uphill battle since the application and appeals process require a lot of time and energy. Applying for benefits is an intricate process, especially in regards to the extensive medical evidence that must be provided. A denial of benefits may be as simple as your application missing critical data proving your disability.
Despite what you may think, SSA doesn't make the SSD application or appeals process difficult for its own personal enjoyment. To ensure that benefits are allocated appropriately to individuals who suffer from a disability, SSA must have detailed medical evidence and work history data. Nevertheless, the system isn't flawless and many rightful disability claims are denied, mostly due to the fact that appropriate evidence or parts of an application are missing.Disability Doesn't Run Your Life
At The Anzalone Law Firm, our New Hampshire Social Security Disability attorneys have helped several disabled individuals and their family members obtain the benefits that they need and deserve to live fulfilling and productive lives. A disability and the inability to work don't have to be the end of your wellbeing. Although not easy to obtain, financial help is available if you follow the right steps, meet deadlines, and provide the right information. Our attorneys are committed to helping our clients accurately complete their applications on time and with the proper medical evidence that will describe why and how their medical condition prevents them from earning a living.
With a lawyer from The Anzalone Law Firm on your side, you can focus on caring for yourself and your family while we handle the complexities of your Social Security disability claim. We work as a team with our clients to understand how their disability affects their life so as to provide the most effective legal guidance and representation as possible. For more information about how we can help, please call us today for a free consultation.