Disabled workers may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) income to cover living expenses. The SSD program receives millions of applications each year, and the majority of them are declined. Before applying for benefits or appealing a decision, secure the help of a knowledgeable social security disability lawyer. In Louisville, KY, Lohman Law Offices focuses on assisting the injured and disabled, and we help many clients secure SSD benefits.
Our firm offers a free consultation, and all legal assistance is provided on a contingency basis, which means we receive no payment until you receive your benefits. To schedule your consultation, please contact our office today.
In 2014, only 32 percent of SSD applications resulted in a benefits award. To increase your chances of receiving the financial help you need, secure proven legal representation.
About Social Security Disability
SSD is a federal insurance program to which most workers contribute through Social Security taxes. It was designed to provide income for workers who become seriously injured or ill and can no longer remain gainfully employed. To qualify for benefits, you must have been previously employed, with a history of paying Social Security taxes.
There are many different types of injuries, chronic disease, sensory impairments, and psychological disorders that may qualify an applicant for SSD income. Approval is based on the degree of disability you have experienced and the extent to which your capacity to earn income is impaired.
Almost 75 percent of SSD claims are initially denied, usually because the disability claim was not adequately substantiated. Claims must be built upon concrete evidence, with the disability fully documented. However, a denial does not mean your fight is over – in fact, you are given several opportunities to convince the agency you have a legitimate claim for benefits.
If your application is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. Similar deadlines must be met throughout the appeals process. A second denial can be appealed before an administrative law judge, and this judge’s decision can be further appealed in federal court. You have a right to be represented by an attorney at any time during the application or appeal.
How Lohman Law Can Help
The sooner you involve an expert in your SSD claim, the better your chances for success. Our attorneys fully understand the process, and can effectively document and prove your disability. We ensure your application provides evidence that:
- Your debilitating condition has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months (or end in death).
- You are unable to perform the work you have previously performed.
- Your condition prevents you from pursuing a different kind of employment.
Many SSD cases reach the appeals process. When necessary, Lohman Law can prepare a comprehensive appeal and argue the facts of your case before the judge. After decades spent representing personal injury victims in settlement negotiations and courtroom trials, our attorneys are prepared to present a compelling case on your behalf.
In 2014, only 32 percent of SSD applications resulted in a benefits award. To increase your chances of receiving the financial help you need, secure proven legal representation. Please contact Lohman Law today to schedule a free consultation in our downtown office, where we provide plenty of free parking.