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.

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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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