SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
We will fight for you.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
We will fight for you.
The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart works hard to put security back into Social Security Disability for our disabled clients. If you are disabled and have been denied Social Security Disability Benefits, call us and we can help. It won’t cost you anything to call us. We will work hard to obtain your disability benefits which may include referring you to physicians to document your disability, obtaining your medical records and representing you at the Social Security hearing. We even help our clients obtain Medicaid who do not have insurance. If you have questions about your Social Security claim, go to our FAQ below to answer those questions and protect your rights to disability. You have worked hard all your life and you deserve your Social Security benefits.
The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart works hard to put security back into Social Security disability for our disabled clients in Warren and Barren Counties. If you are disabled and have wrongly been denied Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, it is important to retain an experienced SSD attorney knowledgeable with Kentucky law.
Obtaining disability benefits requires medical evidence. To help you receive your SSD benefits, we obtain copies of all medical records, review the records and then file them with the Social Security Administration. We also provide our disability clients with physicians, community centers, hospitals, and mental health centers to help the uninsured obtain treatment. Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a long process, so it is important to contact personal injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart immediately so we can accelerate the process and appeal all decisions.
At the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart you will always meet with a Social Security disability attorney on the initial visit and to prepare for hearings. There are no fees, costs or expenses unless you win your SSD case and recover the benefits you deserve.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN?
Winning a Social Security disability claim is much like working a puzzle. We gather all the pieces such as: medical records, physician statements, handicapped permits and prescription drug information, and we submit those pieces to the Social Security Administration in an effort to prove your disability. We must show that based on your age, education and work history, the conditions from which you suffer prevent you from maintaining any type of employment. If you believe that you are entitled to Social Security disability benefits, call Flora Templeton Stuart as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
CAN I GET MEDICAID NOW?
Individuals or families with dependent children could be entitled to receive Medicaid based on your income and resources. You may apply at your local Medicaid Office/Food Stamp Office. If you are not entitled to benefits at this time, you may be entitled to benefits in the future and should apply again if your situation changes. If you need help applying for Medicaid benefits, contact attorney Flora Templeton Stuart.
IF I WIN WILL I GET MEDICARE/MEDICAID?
Claimants approved for Social Security disability benefits are eligible to enroll in Medicare once they have been disabled for 24 months.
Claimants approved for supplemental security income (SSI) are eligible to receive Medicaid without a waiting period. The Social Security representative will review those benefits and determine your eligibility once you are found to be disabled.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM DENIED?
If you receive a disability denial, you have the right to appeal your case. Because Social Security appeals must be filed within 60 days of the date of denial, time is of the essence. Our Social Security disability lawyers will help you file your appeal but you should contact us right away if you are denied SSD benefits. (Learn more about the SSD application process on our blog.)
BELOW ARE THE STAGES OF DISABILITY APPEALS FOLLOWING A DENIAL OF AN INITIAL CLAIM.
The following wait times are approximate.
Your file will be reviewed by an examiner to determine if the initial or first decision was proper. Only a small percentage of claims are approved at this stage.
*Decisions are usually received in 3 – 4 months of filing this appeal.
If your reconsideration is denied, you may request a hearing before a judge.
*The approximate wait time for a hearing is 16 – 18 months.
We will meet to prepare for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge which is held in a small hearing office that is closed to the public. You will be questioned on your past work experience, disabilities, treatment, medication and daily activities.
**The judge’s decision is issued by mail and generally arrives within 45 – 60 days.
If your claim is denied by the Social Security judge, you may be able to go through the appeals council. This involves your Social Security attorney writing to the appeals council and detailing why the judge’s decision was wrong. Your attorney can also submit additional evidence. If the appeals council determines the judge did rule incorrectly, they will remand your claim for a second hearing.
*The approximate wait time for a decision from the appeals council is 12 months.
If the Appeals Council denies the claim, your last option is to appeal the Social Security Administration’s decision in federal court.
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits, call Warren and Barren County, Kentucky personal injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at 888-782-9090 for a free consultation twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week so we can begin to work for you.
You can learn more about Social Security benefits at www.ssa.gov.
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We have the experience and resources to make a difference in the lives of our injured clients. We are the law firm that cares about you.
TOP DISABILITY BENEFITS FAQS
How can we help you?
If you are not able to work due to an injury, illness, or other disability that is likely to last at least 12 months or result in death, the Social Security Administration may provide financial assistance through the Social Security disability (SSD) program. This is like insurance for workers and is funded by all workers’ Social Security paycheck taxes. In order to receive benefits, applicants must meet certain work history criteria and demonstrate they are not able to perform any type of work for an extended period of time (12 months or longer).
The typical application processing time for a disability claim can take three to five months or more, so it is important that you apply for benefits as soon as you are aware that you have a condition that will prevent you from working for 12 months or more. You can apply for disability by visiting your local Social Security office, calling the Social Security Administration’s toll-free phone number at 1-800-772-1213, or online at socialsecurity.gov. Before applying, you need to gather all the information you can about your condition including medical records, lab & diagnostic imaging results, and the names/contact information of the physicians who have treated you. You will also need your Social Security Number, proof of your age, your employment history, and your most recent tax return.
Receiving SSD benefits can be a long, difficult process often involving turn-downs and appeals. Even though you are not required to retain an attorney for your Social Security disability claim, we highly recommend that you get help with this complex process. The Social Security Administration strictly defines “disability” and requires medical evidence proving you are not able to perform work of any kind. Just because you can no longer perform your old job does not mean you will win your disability claim.
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