Alabama Disability Adult Child Benefits Attorney

The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to adult children who have been disabled since childhood. The benefits are based on the earning records of the parents. The adult child must have been disabled prior to the age of 22 to receive these benefits. Other qualifications: the parent must either be deceased or receiving disability or retirement benefits. Why is this a child’s benefit? Because payments are based on the parent’s earning record. Wettermark & Keith provides experienced Social Security Disability Benefits representation to disabled adult children and a free case review is available by contacting our office.

How Long Does it Take to Start Receiving Disability Payments?

Disability benefits will be paid about seven months after the disability. Although payments start six months after the disability, there is a one month period afterwards in which the benefits start getting paid.

What Are the Statistics That an Individual Will Become Disabled?

Although it may seem hard to believe, there is a 3 in 10 chance that a 20 year old will become disabled before they reach the age of retirement.

What Programs Exist for Disability Payments?

The two programs for disability payments are Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, and Supplemental Security Income Program, or SSI. An individual must be unable to work due to their physical or mental disability in order to receive benefits. This means that the medical condition must last at least one year or be expected to result in the claimant’s death. There are two earnings tests that must be met: firstly, a recent work test that is based on the applicant’s age at the time of the disability, and secondly, the duration of work test which indicates that the applicant worked for a sufficient period of time paying into Social Security.

Contact an Alabama Social Security Disability Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation

The Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith has represented thousands of clients during the past years. Wettermark & Keith has been honored by their peers with numerous Martindale-Hubbel AV Peer Review Ratings. They are members of the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. There are no legal fees involved when Wettermark & Keith represents you unless they successfully resolve your case. A complimentary consultation may be scheduled by contacting their office. There is no obligation to accept their representation. Call (205) 933-9500.

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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