Waterbury Social Security Disability (SSD) Attorneys
Did you suffer an injury that is expected to keep you out of work for at least 12 months? You may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits.
SSD is a federal insurance program funded by payroll taxes and managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). A person who applies for SSD benefits may have a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), and claims are frequently denied when applicants do not have legal representation.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can assist you with every aspect the SSD benefits proves, from the application to any hearing. Our firm will work to make sure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to.
When you attempt to handle an SSD application by yourself, you risk losing valuable time when your claim is delayed or denied because of common oversights. Call (203) 437-6190 to have our Waterbury Social Security Disability attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Do I Need A SSD Lawyer?
You likely do not have any prior experience handling an SSD claim, but an experienced attorney does. The lawyer knows what kinds of evidence need to be presented in order to prove that you satisfy the SSA’s definition of being disabled.
People who attempt to handle their applications on their own frequently face difficulties in proving their disabilities. An attorney not only knows how to get the medical records necessary to prove disability claims, but they will ensure the records are up to date for any hearing.
A lawyer can also provide medical experts for help with certain kinds of cases. The most valuable situation for an attorney can be SSD hearings, as a lawyer can help an applicant plan the most advantageous responses to certain questions they are likely to receive.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in Waterbury and many other surrounding areas in SSD matters. Our firm will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome for your case.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has over three decades of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for his clients.
The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have over 140 years of combined legal experience. Our firm won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and New York Bar Association. He is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay anything unless you receive a monetary award. You can take advantage of a no cost, no obligation consultation when you call (203) 437-6190.
Types of SSD Cases We Handle
An applicant must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability to qualify for SSD benefits. Under Social Security rules, the SSA will consider you disabled if:
● You cannot do work that you did before;
● We decide 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.
Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are paid for partial disability or short-term disability, and a person will not be considered disabled if they can perform any “substantial gainful activity” or are working and averaging more than $1,180 a month.
Proving disability is often one of the most challenging aspects of an SSD claim, but another common issue relates to whether a person 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.
An individual can earn up to four credits every year, but the amount needed for a work credit changes annually. A person’s age when they become disabled usually impacts the number of work credits needed to qualify for disability benefits, although 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last ten years, is typically required of most applicants.
You should also one that SSD benefits have a five-month waiting period. You do not receive benefits during the first five months, even when you are immediately approved.
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) reported that as of March 2018, the average statewide wait time for an SSI or SSD hearing is 14.5 months, and the average case processing time is 490 days. Both are less than the national averages, which ODAR reported as, 17.3 months for a hearing and 577 days average processing time.
ODAR reported that 40 percent of SSD cases were approved, 42 percent were denied, and 19 percent of cases were dismissed. According to ODAR, the national averages were 43 percent approved, 36 percent denied, and 21 percent dismissed.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that there were 10,153,205 people in December 2016 receiving Social Security disability benefits as disabled workers, disabled widows or widowers, or disabled adult children. A significant majority of these individuals (86.8 percent) were disabled workers.
Contact a Waterbury SSD Attorney Today
If you need assistance filing an SSD claim in Connecticut, you will want to make sure you retain legal counsel. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
Our firm fights for injury victims in Waterbury and several other neighboring communities in Connecticut. You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.