Alabama Filing For Disability Benefits Attorney

Social Security Disability applicants can file for benefits either online or at local field office throughout the state. The application process is extremely important and the first step toward obtaining disability benefits. Although the application itself won’t necessarily take a long time to complete, if the information is inaccurate or incomplete it will usually result in a denial of benefits and the need to reapply. The Social Security Disability benefits attorneys at Wettermark & Keith have helped thousands of individuals over the years and they offer a free case review to discuss your case.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability pays benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Disability benefits are available to qualified adults and children. In order for an applicant to receive Social Security Disability benefits, the applicant:

  • Must have worked for the required period of time, and
  • Must have a physical or mental disability that has prevented them from working for the preceding 12 months, or
  • Is expected to prevent them from working for the future 12 months, or
  • Is expected to result in death

Meeting the Earning Requirements for Disability Benefits

Applicants must qualify for two earnings tests. The first one is based on the age of the applicant when s/he became disabled. The second is a “duration of work” test, which is intended to show that the applicant worked for a long enough period of time. Specifically, if an applicant became disabled on or before they reached the age of 24, they would have had to work for 18 months prior to the disability. If the disability began after 24 but before 31, the applicant would have had to work half the time prior to the disability. If it occurred after age 31, the applicant would have had to work 5 of the 10 years prior to the disability.

Obtain a Free Case Review from an Alabama Disability Attorney

Because the majority of Social Security Disability applicants are initially denied benefits, it is extremely important to make sure your application is correct and complete when you apply. The Social Security Disability benefits attorneys at Wettermark & Keith are knowledgeable and experienced in every aspect of the application process. They offer a free case review and do not charge legal fees unless your case is successful. To schedule a complimentary case review, contact Wettermark & Keith at (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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