ssd cardThe Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates have opened a new office that will serve the residents of South Kingstown. Social Security Disability is a government program funded by federal income tax and is designed to pay individuals who cannot work any more because they have become disabled. There is no limit to the amount of money that you can receive from Social Security Disability. As Social Security Disability lawyers, we put our experience and resources to work for you and help you obtain the monetary support you need during a difficult time in your life.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability


In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you need to have at least one disability that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a condition that prevents you from working. You must also have worked and paid income tax for five out of the last 10 years in order to receive these benefits. It can be quite a challenge to prove that you have a disability that prevents you from holding a job. The process may include getting records and statements from doctors and other medical professionals. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can assist you with your claim.

The Application Process

ssd-claim-formThe first thing to do when filing for Social Security Disability is to get an application. You may apply online, over the phone or in person at a Social Security office. You should apply as soon as your doctor determines that your disability will prevent you from working. You will need medical records and reports to verify that you have an impairment that makes you qualified to receive these benefits. If your application is approved, you will start receiving benefits.

If your application is denied, you have 60 days to appeal the decision for reconsideration. If that appeal is denied, you can still appeal one more time. At this time, an independent hearing will be conducted to evaluate your case. You can present witnesses if necessary. The majority of applications are denied on the first attempt, which is why you need an experienced South Kingstown Social Security Disability lawyer who can help you with your case and help you get the benefits you need.

Strengthen Your Social Security Disability Application

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The SSA makes a determination based on your ability to work. If you can show a decrease in gainful activity that you had since the onset of your disability, it could help strengthen your claim. The key is to document all details related to your disability and the manner in which it affects your life. For example, keeping a journal can help show a judge the trouble you have had to engage in work, the amount of pain you are feeling and how that affects you on a daily basis. Other useful documents include medical records and records from doctors, therapists and specialists. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer will know how to use this information to strengthen your application.

Contact An Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer

disabled client meeting the SSD Lawyers of d'Oliveira and AssociatesIf you or someone you know has been unable to work due to a disability and are seeking Social Security benefits, contact one of our experienced Rhode Island Social Security lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to collect past and future benefits. Our experienced South Kingstown Social Security Disability lawyers know how to handle these claims. We work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. No fees are received unless you receive your benefits. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.