Social Security Disability

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a difficult experience, especially when you feel poorly and you face financial hardship. However, an experienced attorney can help you by representing you in your disability case. Janet L. Fuller is an attorney and a former registered nurse; she understands what people go through when they become disabled. Janet and her staff are happy to assist you through this process.

Many people are unaware that, if they are not able to work due to their health conditions, they may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has plenty of regulations regarding disability benefits, including its own definition of disability. It defines disability in general as the inability to work full time because of a physical or mental condition that has lasted or is likely to last for 12 consecutive months.

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There are two primary disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSDI program requires that you are insured, which means you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for five of the last 10 years just before becoming disabled. The SSI program requires that you have limited income and resources; the SSDI program does not have the same limitations.

There is also a disability program for disabled widows and widowers, which is based on the Social Security payment record of a deceased spouse. Additionally, there is a program for disabled adult child benefits, which is based on the payment record of a retired, disabled or deceased parent.

All of the Social Security Disability benefits programs require that your physical or mental condition prevents you from working and that a doctor is providing ongoing treatment for your condition. Depending on the disability program for which you qualify, you will be eligible for Medicare (SSDI) or Medicaid (SSI).

The Social Security Administration evaluates every disability case by using the following five-step method:

  1. Whether you are currently working and, if so, the total hours and wages. For 2013, you cannot earn over $1,040 gross per month in wages.

  2. Whether the severity of your physical or mental condition interferes with basic work activities.

  3. Whether the severity of your physical or mental condition meets the Social Security Administration's criteria of "listing of impairments."

  4. Whether your physical or mental condition prevents you from doing the work you have performed in the last 15 years.

  5. Whether you are capable of doing other work, considering your age, education and past work experience.

It is important to remember that many Social Security Disability claims are denied on the first attempt, so do not be discouraged if your claim is denied. In the event of a claim denial, we will schedule a conference with you to complete the forms necessary to appeal the decision and request further action. We will maintain contact with you throughout your claim and interact with the Social Security Administration on your behalf.

Contact experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney Janet L. Fuller of Fuller & Fuller in Ocala to arrange your free initial consultation. She brings almost 10 years' experience as a registered nurse at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida to her 23 years of experience with skilled, compassionate representation of clients, focusing primarily on Social Security Disability cases and victims of accident personal injury.

Call us toll free at 855-LEGAL65 (855-534-2565) or email us from wherever you are in Central Florida.