Social Security Disability Insurance
Recognizing the fact that many Americans will experience a disabling condition at one point in time or another in their working careers, the Federal Government created a social safety net for these disabled workers. Regardless of the cause of the injury or illness, if you are unable to work for more than 5 months, you may be entitled to receive disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). At the Bonnici Law Group, we represent disabled individuals who are entitled to benefits from Social Security but have been denied.
How Do I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?
First and foremost, if you haven’t already applied for benefits, you need to do that. The Social Security Administration offers an easy to use, online application process and occasionally people are surprised to learn that their application is approved without the assistance of an attorney.
But, if you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and have received a denial, we are happy to help you with your appeal.
Why Did Social Security Deny Mmy SSDI Application?
The Social Security Administration denies benefits for a large number of reasons, many of which are invalid. So if you have received a denial, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a valid claim, we just need to do some work to show Social Security that you really are disabled.
How Does An SSDI Appeal Work?
The SSDI appeals process is broken down into two stages:
- The Request for Reconsideration is also referred to as the first appeal. At this stage we will review the application you submitted along with your medical records and any other relevant evidence to support your claim for disability. We will help you gather any other documents to support your claim for SSDI benefits and will submit them on your behalf to the local SSA office with the appropriate forms.
If your claim is approved at this stage, you will begin to receive benefits and will be eligible for Medicare if you have been disabled for more than 24 months. If your claim is denied at this stage, you will have the opportunity to request a hearing and ask a judge to review your case.
- The Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is the second level of the administrative appeal. This means that although an administrative law judge is
involved in the process, a lawsuit has not been filed on your claim. At this stage of the claim the, Bonnici Law Group helps clients by updating the records Social Security has on your claim, preparing a prehearing statement, and attending the hearing with you. We will advocate on your behalf and will work to ensure that the judge understands the physical and/or mental conditions that are preventing you from working.
How Do You Get Paid?
At the Bonnici Law Group, we understand the financial hardship you are under as a result of your disability. As a result, we handle SSDI claims exclusively on a contingency fee basis. This means that we are paid at the end of your claim after we have successfully obtained an award of disability benefits from Social Security on your behalf.
We will be paid directly by the Social Security Administration out of the past due benefits you are entitled to. By law our contingency fee is limited to 25% of your past due benefits and is capped at $6,250. That means regardless of how long your claim takes or how much money Social Security owes you, the most we can charge is $6,250.
Get Help Today
If you are struggling with getting the benefits you need and deserve from Social Security, we are here to help.
Pick up the phone today to speak with a member of the talented team at the Bonnici Law Group about your SSDI claim.