If you suffer from a spinal disorder or spinal cord injury, the daily tasks of life may be a challenge – let alone working.
Piles of medical bills and figuring out how to live without a paycheck can be very overwhelming.
You may wonder, "How much more can I possibly take?"
Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are designed to help people who can't work due to a physical disability or mental health condition. The problem is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies over three-fourths of initial applications. Many of those denied do qualify for SSD benefits. Hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between receiving SSD benefits or not.
Our team has built a trusted reputation for protecting the rights of our clients, and getting them the SSD benefits they need. We are ready to put that reputation to work for you.
Spinal Disability Patients and SSD Eligibility
There are many spinal injuries and spinal conditions – with numerous different causes – that fall into the category of "spinal disorders." Sometimes patients suffer from several related conditions.
Examples of spinal disorders that may qualify for SSD benefits include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Herniated disc
- Back injury
The Social Security Administration has specific guidelines it uses to determine whether a person is eligible for SSD benefits. To be considered "disabled," your spinal disorder must:
- Prevent you from working full-time
- Have lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year
- Be life-threatening (especially when diagnosed with other diseases or disorders)
If you meet these guidelines, you may qualify for SSD benefits. When you submit your initial application, they will review your medical history and records relating to your disability. Keep in mind, the Social Security Administration will look for information to prove that you are unable to hold any type of job – not just the one you held before.
To increase your chances of being approved, you should see your specialist regularly and follow a prescribed treatment plan for your spinal disorder. Without doing so, you're unlikely to qualify for SSD benefits.
To qualify for SSD benefits, you must have paid into the Social Security system within the past five years. If you haven't worked enough – or recently enough – to qualify for SSD benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How Edgar Snyder & Associates Can Help
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've seen thousands of people who are truly disabled. We've witnessed their struggles and have fought to get them the SSD benefits they need.
You deserve an attorney who cares about you. At our law firm, we treat our clients like people, not like numbers on a file. From the start, you will be aware of the steps involved, the choices you will have to make, and the potential outcomes. The claims process and filing an appeal can be confusing, but rest assured, we will answer your Social Security disability questions and keep you in the loop.
If you haven't submitted an initial application yet, we can help you apply for SSD benefits. If the Social Security Administration denied your application, don't panic. But you must act quickly. You only have 60 days to appeal – or you'll have to start the process all over again.
We win the majority of appeals for our clients. Best of all, if we don't win your appeal, or if we help you apply and you don't receive SSD benefits, you won't owe us anything. There really is "Never a fee unless we get money for you."
Get a No Obligation, Free Legal Consultation Today
If you, or someone you love, are suffering from a spinal disorder, and you need Social Security disability benefits, contact us right away. We can help you apply.
If your application was denied, we can appeal and get you the benefits you need. Remember, you only have 60 days to file an appeal. Don't wait another minute.
Call 412-394-1000, or fill out our no obligation, free legal consultation form.
Hiring an experienced attorney may mean the difference between collecting SSD benefits or not. Get started today.