If you are unable to work for more than a year due to a disability, you may be entitled to collect Social Security Disability Benefits. Our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers in RI have been handling these cases for several years now and we charge a 25% fee of past due benefits only if we win your case. Call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
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What Are Some Of Our Firm’s Best SSD and SSI Awards?
Over the last few years, our firm has obtained many good awards for our disabled clients throughout RI and MA. In 2014, we got a $60,000 past due benefits award for one client, who suffered from severe tinnitus, psychological disorders, tremors, and anxiety. Read more.
What is Social Security Disability (SSDI)?
Social Security Disability, also known as SSD, SSDI, or DIB, is a federal program that is available for individuals who are unable to work because they are disabled. An experienced Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyer can explain more about SSD to you at no charge. Read more.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that is available for people that have less than a certain amount of income. In order to qualify for SSI, a person needs to be either age 65 or older, be blind, or have a qualifying disability, but also the person’s family income needs to be below the financial standard. Read more.
How Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
You qualify for SSDI by proving that you have a recognized disability, which prevents you from working for at least a year. You must also show that you have worked for a certain period of time in the years prior to your disability. Applicants usually do not qualify the first, or even the second time that their application is reviewed. By hiring an experienced Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyer, you have a much greater chance of qualifying. Read more.
How Do You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can do this on your own and do not need a Social Security Disability lawyer to apply. There are three places that you can apply: online, over the phone, or in person. Even though you do not need a lawyer to apply for SSD benefits, you stand a much greater chance of having your claim accepted if you consult a Rhode Island SSDI lawyer before you apply. You should apply as soon as your doctor believes your disability or illness will prevent you from working for more than one year.
Over 75% of first time applicants are denied when they apply on their own. If you retain a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Administration, you double your chances of success at the first level. Read more.
What Is The Legal Fee?
Our firm charges the industry standard 25% of your past due benefits up to a maximum of $6,000. For example, if your past due award was $20,000, we would charge you $5,000. If your past due award was $75,000, we would only charge you $6,000.
How Do You Prepare For Your SSDI Hearing?
The best way to prepare for your SSDI hearing is to make sure that all of your medical records and doctors’ statements are submitted to the Social Security Administration. You should also become familiar with the process of what happens at an SSDI hearing. Read more.
How Can a Lawyer Help You Win Your SSD Claim?
First, a lawyer can make sure that all of your relevant medical records are submitted and accurately state your disability, which is often difficult to do on your own. Second, while at the hearing, they will be able to give you advice on how to answer questions that you are asked, as well as cross-examine expert witnesses that the Social Security Administration hires. Read more.
What Are Children’s Benefits?
Children’s Benefits are SSDI payments that a child can receive if their parent is receiving SSDI. Children can receive these payments as long as they are a dependent of the person receiving SSDI and while they are under 18 years old and unmarried. Read more.
What Are Survivor’s Benefits?
Survivor’s Benefits are SSDI payments that are paid to family members of people, who passed away while receiving SSDI payments. Examples include widows or widowers, unmarried children or grandchildren, dependent parents of the deceased, or divorced and unmarried spouses. Read more.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Decision?
Every case is different. The most serious disabilities, such as terminal cancer, are usually awarded within a few weeks. However, if your claim needs to go to a hearing, it can take well over a year to get a decision. In Rhode Island, it takes about 11 months to get a Social Security Disability hearing after you have been denied at the reconsideration level. Read more.
What Is The “Key To Winning” SSDI Claims?
The “key to winning” SSDI claims is keeping detailed records of everything you do. You need to make sure that you do not miss any doctor’s appointments and be as honest as possible with your doctor. If you can, keep a diary that details how your disability affects your life every day. This can be helpful to show the Judge that you are not making up your symptoms and that you have suffered from a lack of substantially gainful activity. Read more.
What Happens During An SSDI Hearing?
At an SSDI hearing, the Judge is likely to ask you questions directly. They may also have a Vocational Expert or Medical Expert on hand, who will be asked questions as well. If you have a Social Security Disability lawyer representing you, your lawyer will be able to cross-examine the experts if they disagree with you. Read more.
What Are Common SSDI Myths?
There are several myths regarding Social Security Disability. Some of the most common are that it is easy to get SSDI, that most people who receive SSDI are not even disabled, and that if one person gets SSDI for a certain condition than you will get it as well. These are generally not true. Read more.
Can You Get Both SSDI And SSI?
Yes, it is possible to qualify for both SSDI and SSI. If you have a qualifying disability and meet the work requirement for SSDI, but your SSDI payments would not be enough to bring your family income over the federal minimum standard, you can receive SSI payments as well.
What Are Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Benefits?
If you have Long Term Disability Insurance (also known as LTD), and you have an injury or illness that affects your ability to work, you may be entitled to disability benefits through your insurance policy. The right lawyer can help you recover the maximum amount of benefits entitled to you. Read more.
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Why Hire Us?
If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, you should consider hiring an experienced Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyer. The process of applying for disability can be confusing and time consuming. Our disability lawyers have experience handling the entire process, from the initial application all the way through to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. You pay no fee unless we win your claim and you get past due benefits. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our site.