Alabama Collecting Disability Payments Attorney
In order to receive Social Security Disability Benefit payments, the claimant must first go through the application process. There are two programs that provide disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI). In order to be approved for SSDI, the applicant must have a disability that prevents them from working. The disability may be either physical or mental. The disability must be expected to last at least one year or result in death. If you are applying for your first time or have already applied and are now appealing, a skilled and experienced Social Security Attorney with a proven track record should be consulted, as this statistically increases the applicant’s chances of approval. The Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith offers a complimentary case review for disability applicants.
Documenting Your Disability Properly is Essential
The applicant must thoroughly and properly document their disability or they will almost always be denied disability benefits. Even if all of the other requirements are met, without proper medical documentation there is no basis for the determiner to approve the application. The application process can be helped tremendously by an experienced disability attorney.
SSDI Earnings Requirements
In addition to documenting your case, you will need to meet the earnings requirements for SSDI benefits. There are two different earnings tests that must be passed. The first is a recent work test that focuses on when the applicant was disabled. The second is a duration of work test. This test determines that you have worked under Social Security long enough. SSDI is funded by the earner’s contributions and this aspect is extremely important. Basically, the earner must have worked for specified periods of times:
- At least 1.5 years if the disability occurred when you became 24
- At least half the time between ages 24 and 31 if the disability occurred then
- At least 5 of the 10 years ending with the quarter when you became disabled, if it happened at age 31 or after
Contact an Alabama Social Security Disability Attorney For a Free Case Review
Applicants cannot be expected to understand the disability application process without experience or training. Skilled Social Security Attorneys at Wettermark & Keith have extensive experience representing applicants throughout the past years – and a successful track record. There are no legal fees involved unless your attorney wins your case. To schedule a complimentary case review with the Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith, call (205) 933-9500.