Alabama SSD Requirements Attorney

SSD refers to Social Security Disability Insurance, a Social Security program that provides disabled applicants who are unable to work for a year or more with monthly payments. In order for an applicant to be approved for SSD benefits, the applicant must qualify on two levels: they must have either a physical or mental disability that prevents them from working and they must qualify financially. Most applicants – around 70% – are initially declined. Many find the application process confusing and do not know how to apply successfully. The applicant’s chances of approval increase upon appeal, especially when they are represented by experienced social security attorneys. The Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith offers a free consultation to SSD applicants.

Specific SSD Requirements

According to the Social Security Administration, in order for an applicant to qualify for disability benefits, they must have performed work in approved Social Security jobs. Additionally, they must have a medical condition that falls within the definition of “disability” according to Social Security. Payments are not made for either partial disability or short-term disability.

  • You must not be able to do the type of work you did before you were disabled
  • The disability must be expected to last at least a year (or already has been a year), or until death

Disabling Impairments

Social Security has a list of disabling impairments in “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security.” This is where medical professionals may refer to help them make a determination as to whether or not the applicant is disabled. Disabling conditions – impairments – are listed for both children and adults. A claimant’s medical history will be reviewed thoroughly. Other considerations include the applicant’s work skills, education and whether or not the applicant is able to learn a new work vocation.

Complimentary SSD Case Review by Qualified Alabama Attorneys

The disability applicant normally does not know how to successfully apply for benefits. This certainly is understandable – why should a new applicant have any idea how to succeed in this difficult process? It often takes years of study and experience for professionals to learn, so a new applicant surely cannot be expected to know what to do. That is why it is advisable to obtain representation from experienced attorneys who already have been through this process many times before. The qualified attorneys at Wettermark & Keith have a successful track record helping their clients obtain disability benefits. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay legal fees after a successful result. To schedule a free 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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