Twin Falls Social Security Disability Law Firm
The federal Social Security disability program provides important stability for individuals and families who need financial help as a result of a disabling injury. Unfortunately, applying for disability insurance (SSDI) benefits is not as straightforward as it should be; and as a result, many people find that their benefit applications are wrongfully denied.
If you are thinking about applying for disability, if you are in the midst of applying for benefits, or if you have recently had an SSDI benefit application denied, we can help. We are a team of lawyers who have more than 65 years of collective experience representing individuals and families in the Twin Falls area. Our Social Security disability practice is handled by Brad Parkinson who is “of counsel” with our firm. Brad Parkinson, an attorney with more than 20 years’ experience handling disability claims, and each member of our firm is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.
Why Is it So Difficult to Obtain Social Security Disability?
Whether you have just begun researching the disability program or you have already been denied benefits, you are not alone in asking this question. Obtaining disability is not easy, and most people face struggles at each stage of the application process. But with our decades of experience, we take the stress and uncertainty out of the equation for our clients. When you hire us to handle your application, we will deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) every step of the way, and we will help you avoid the mistakes that often lead to unnecessary delays and denials.
Our Services for Disabled Individuals and Families in Twin Falls, Idaho
What do you need to know in order to successfully apply for Social Security disability? As it turns out, quite a lot. Contact us today for a free consultation about how we can assist you with:
- Filing for disability insurance (SSDI) benefits
- Obtaining medical records and preparing you for questioning
- Appealing disability benefit denials
- Attending hearings regarding your 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
Applying for Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know
Q: Do I need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits?
Strictly speaking, no. There is nothing that requires you to hire an attorney to handle your SSDI or SSI benefit application. However, there are a number of reasons why you might want to hire an attorney. For example:
- It takes time, effort, and preparation to submit a successful disability application. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the entire process and handle most of the paperwork on your behalf.
- If your application is denied, you will need to appeal the SSA’s decision. There are four stages of appeal, culminating with a review of your application in federal court.
- In addition to being eligible for disability, you may also be eligible for workers’ comp, and you may have a personal injury claim that could entitle you to additional compensation.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a disability application or appeal?
It costs you nothing out of pocket to hire a lawyer to handle your Social Security disability application or appeal. If your claim is successful, your attorney will receive a portion of the benefits (usually 25%) that accrued while your application was pending. This fee is usually capped in your fee agreement with the attorney. If your case moves through many appeals to federal court, the cap may be removed, again, with your agreement.
Q: Does my age make a difference?
Yes. The Social Security Disability rules and regulations recognize it is more difficult to adapt or transfer to a different type of work the older we get. Therefore, we will not only be asking you about your disabling impairments, but will be asking you for your age and your past relevant work experience. A person between the ages of 50-54 generally has an easier time qualifying than does someone under the age of 50. And a person between the ages of 55-59 moves into an even more friendly category. Some impairments are disabling regardless of your age.
Q: What information do I need in order to apply for Social Security disability?
In order to apply for disability, you will need to collect various pieces of information about your background, your injury or illness, and your employment history. These include:
- Your Social Security number
- Your birth certificate
- Contact information for your health care providers
- Records of your disability-related medical visits
- Medical records and test results relating to your disability
- Prescription information
- Your most-recent W-2 (or tax return, if you are self-employed)
If you are not sure where to find some of this information, our attorneys can assist you, and we can even communicate with your health care providers on your behalf.
Get Started with a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
If you believe that you are entitled to disability benefits, or if you are not sure and would like to find out, please contact us to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with one of our experienced Twin Falls Social Security disability lawyers in confidence, call (208) 522-5200 or request an appointment online now.