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.