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Qualified Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help You Make a Claim

While many people believe Social Security only provides retirement benefits, it is one of the largest federal programs to provide assistance for individuals with disabilities. To qualify for Social Security disability, you must meet the federal definition of disability, require long-term disability benefits, and apply for compensation through the proper channels. At Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC in Richmond, VA, our team of Social Security disability lawyers can assist first-time applicants as well as individuals who have been previously denied benefits. Before filing your Social Security disability application, contact our office online or call us at (800) 884-9507 to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Navigating the process for applying for Social Security benefits can be confusing. Our attorneys are here to help. 

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security has a distinct definition for disability. To qualify for benefits through Social Security, you must prove:

  • You cannot work as you did previously
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your condition
  • Your disability has lasted—or is expected to last—at least one year or will likely result in death

The Social Security disability system assumes working families have access to programs that provide short-term disability support, such as worker’s compensation, insurance, and savings. As such, no short-term or partial disability benefits are available through Social Security.

Our team of Social Security disability lawyers can assist first-time applicants as well as individuals who have been previously denied benefits.

There are also certain age and work duration requirements you must meet in order to collect Social Security disability. Depending on the year you became disabled, you must have been actively employed and paying into Social Security for a determined length of time. For example, if you become disabled at age 30, you generally need at least two years of work to qualify for Social Security disability.

The Application Process

We recommend that you apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled, as it can take three to five months for Social Security to process your application. You can apply for disability on the Social Security website. Before you apply, be sure to gather all the information necessary to make a claim, including:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your birth or baptismal certificate
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form or your federal tax returns if you are self-employed
  • A summary of your employer and job description
  • Detailed information regarding all doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics you visited, including dates of visits
  • Names and dosage of all medications
  • Medical records
  • Laboratory and test results

The Disability Determination Services will review your information and determine whether or not you qualify for benefits. Keep in mind that, between 2000 and 2009, an average of 53 percent of Social Security disability claims were denied. One way to improve your outcome is to hire an attorney who is familiar with Social Security and other workers’ compensation claims.

Why Hire an Attorney?

At Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC, we are familiar with the requirements of Social Security and can advocate for you. While many claims are denied,  clients can often appeal the process and receive the benefits they need. We can help you at the Reconsideration level or if your case goes before an Administrative Law Judge for a final appeal.

Schedule Your Free Case Consultation

If you have recently become disabled or been denied for disability benefits, call our office at (800) 884-9507 or contact us online. We will speak to you for no charge at your initial consultation and tell you whether or not your case requires our assistance.

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