Bridgeport Social Security Disability Lawyers
If you suffered an injury that will keep you out of work for at least 12 months, you could be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits. Obtaining these benefits can often be more challenging than most people expect, and it is usually beneficial to have the help of an experienced attorney.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages SSD, which is a federal insurance program funded by payroll taxes. Applicants for SSD benefits may have hearings before administrative law judges (ALJs), and many claims end up being denied when applicants are unable to prove that their injuries will keep them out of work for 12 months.
The Bridgeport Social Security Disability attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understand the burden of proof in SSD cases and how to demonstrate the severity of an applicant’s injuries. We can make sure your initial application is properly completed so you can avoid lengthy delays in obtaining benefits.
Do not risk having your claim denied or delayed because of an innocent mistake. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Do I Need an SSD Lawyer?
You will benefit from working with an attorney because they have prior experience handling SSD claims that may be very similar to yours. They will know what kinds of issues could arise and how you can overcome certain problems to recover benefits.
A lawyer will understand the types of evidence that best satisfy the SSA’s definition of being disabled. The attorney will ensure that the relevant medical records have been secured before any hearing.
An attorney can also access the medical experts that may be required in some cases. At SSD hearings, a lawyer will be able to assist you in the best responses to provide to certain questions.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles SSD claims for individuals in Bridgeport and many other nearby communities in Connecticut. We understand how to help people get the SSD benefits they need and deserve.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and has more than 30 years of legal experience. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut as well as state courts in New York and Connecticut. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, New York Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Connecticut Bar Association.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay when you obtain a financial award. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of SSD Cases We Handle
To qualify for SSD benefits, a person needs to have worked in a job covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. The SSA will consider you disabled if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- It decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
No benefits are paid for partial disability or for short-term disability, as Social Security pays only for total disability. A person will not be considered disabled if they are working and averaging more than $1,180 a month or are able to perform any “substantial gainful activity.”
Proof of disability is a very common issue in many SSD claims, but another very frequent issue is if an individual has worked long enough and recently enough under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. Total yearly wages or self-employment income determine Social Security work credits.
People can earn as many as four credits annually, but the amount needed for work credit changes every year. While 40 credits—20 of which were earned in the last 10 years—is typically required of most applicants, a person’s age when they become disabled impacts the number of work credits needed to qualify for disability benefits.
SSD benefits involve a five-month waiting period. You will not receive benefits during the first five months, even if you are immediately approved.
Social Security Disability Statistics
The average statewide wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing in Connecticut as of March 2018 is 14.5 months, according to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The average case processing time was 490 days, and both were less than the national averages of 17.3 months for a hearing and 577 days average processing time.
According to ODAR, 40 percent of SSD cases were approved, 42 percent were denied, and 19 percent of cases were dismissed in Connecticut. Nationally, 43 percent of cases were approved, 36 percent were denied, and 21 percent were dismissed.
According to the SSA, there were 10,153,205 people in December 2016 receiving SSD benefits as disabled workers, disabled widows or widowers, or disabled adult children. Disabled workers accounted for 86.8 percent of this group.
Contact a Bridgeport SSD Attorney Today
Do you need assistance filing an SSD claim in Connecticut? Do not wait to contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Our firm is committed to helping you achieve the most favorable possible outcome in your case.
We represent clients in Bridgeport and many other surrounding areas of Connecticut. Our lawyers can review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.