Alabama Social Security Administration Attorney
The Social Security Administration, or SSA, is a branch of the federal government with offices throughout the country and online services available to all federal applicants. The Social Security Act was created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935; when Social Security was first started it only paid retirement benefits. In 1939 survivors benefits were added and in 1956 disability benefits were added. Medicare was passed into law in 1965. Social Security and Medicare accounted for 38% of all federal expenditures in 2012. The Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith provides legal representation to individuals who are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. There are no legal costs unless your case is won.
Social Security Disability in Alabama
Social Security in Alabama, like all states, is controlled by federal government laws and guidelines. In Alabama, individuals who applied for disability benefits recently had a 68% denial rate on the first attempt and an improved 62% denial rate on subsequent reconsideration attempts. When an individual appeals with the assistance and representation of a qualified and experienced attorney, their approval rate increases substantially.
SSDI and SSI
There are numerous differences between SSDI and SSI. The primary difference is that SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) applicants have paid into the Social Security system over the years, while SSI (Supplemental Security Income) applicants have limited income and resources and their monthly payments are need-based. Rates are set by federal guidelines. The maximum federal benefit rate for SSI as of 2013 is $710 for an individual and $1066 for a couple. Alabama, like many states, supplements federal payments.
Contact a Social Security Attorney for a Complimentary Case Review
If you are applying for disability benefits, or if you have already applied unsuccessfully and are now appealing, your chances for a successful result will increase greatly if you are represented by an experienced Social Security attorney. Wettermark & Keith is a law firm that gets results for their clients. They have been recognized by their peers numerous times and have been awarded the prestigious AV Peer Review Rating – indicating a high level of ethical standards and legal ability. They have also been named as Super Lawyers and are members of the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. When they represent clients there are no legal fees unless they win your case for you. They offer a free case review, which can be scheduled by calling (205) 933-9500.