Idaho Falls Social Security Disability Law Firm
If you are unable to work due to an injury or illness, you may be entitled to benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The federal Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program provides financial resources to individuals who have been diagnosed with long-term disabilities; and if you qualify for SSDI benefits, filing a successful application could be critical to your medical care and your family’s financial wellbeing.
However, even if your injury or illness clearly meets the standard for eligibility, securing SSDI benefits can still be a challenging process. SSA employees are tasked with ensuring that fraudulent benefit claims do not take money away from those who are truly deserving, and this has led to stringent review of all SSDI benefit applications. When even minor errors and technical deficiencies can result in substantial delays, if you need to file for Social Security disability, it is important to have an experienced advocate who can help make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
Decades of Experience Helping Individuals Apply for SSDI Benefits
At Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold PLLC, our disability practice is handled by Brad Parkinson who is “of counsel” with our firm. Mr. Parkinson has over 20 years of experience handling disability claims and appeals – so if you need to apply for benefits in Idaho Falls, he is the attorney you want to call. When you contact us, we will schedule your free initial consultation right away, and our team will work closely with you to ensure that we have the information we need to help you secure SSDI benefits as quickly as possible.
How We Help with Social Security Disability Claims
We assist clients at all stages of the application process. Contact us today for your free initial consultation regarding:
- Filing for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits
- Obtaining medical records and preparing you for questioning
- Appealing Social Security disability benefit denials
- Attending hearings regarding your Social Security disability benefit application
- Proving that you suffer from a mental health condition or physical impairment
- Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Seeking benefits as a disabled widow, widower, or child
Answers to FAQs: Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Idaho
Q: What qualifies as a 'disability' for purposes of applying for SSDI?
The SSA has a very strict definition of what constitutes a disability for purposes of obtaining disability benefits. In order to be eligible for SSDI, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from working and that is expected to either (i) last one year or longer, or (ii) result in death. The SSA provides a non-exhaustive list of ailments that can qualify as disabilities in its Listing of Impairments, with categories of injuries and illnesses including:
- Cardiovascular system disorders
- Congenital disorders
- Digestive system disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Mental disorders
- Musculoskeletal system injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Skin disorders
- Special senses and speech impairments
Q: Can anyone receive Social Security disability?
No. In addition to being diagnosed with a disability, in order to be eligible, you must also meet the SSA’s minimum employment requirements. These requirements are:
- If you become disabled before you turn 24 – 1.5 years of work during the three-year period ending during the calendar quarter in which you became disabled.
- If you become disabled between ages 24 and 31 – Work during half of the period between the quarter in which you turned 21 and the quarter in which you became disabled.
- If you become disabled after age 31 – 5 years of work during the 10-year period ending during the quarter in which you became disabled.
Q: Why was my disability application denied?
If you have unsuccessfully applied for SSDI benefits, there are any number of reasons why your application may have been denied. Perhaps the SSA personnel reviewing your application were not satisfied that you have a qualifying disability. Maybe the employment records you submitted were inadequate. Or, maybe you overlooked a simple technical requirement in the application that triggered your denial. Whatever the case may be, we can help you correct the issue and begin collecting the benefits to which you are legally-entitled.
Q: How long do I have to appeal my denial of benefits?
Once the SSA denies yourdisability application, you have 60 days to file an appeal. There are four stages of SSDI appeals, and our attorneys can assist you every step of the way.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Regarding Your Social Security Disability Application
If you would like to speak with an attorney about filing for Social Security disability or appealing a denial, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment at our law offices in Idaho Falls, please call (208) 522-5200 or get in touch online today.