Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyer in Charlottesville, VA
Unable to work because of a chronic physical condition or mental illness? You might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. But getting Social Security benefits is difficult and requires multiple steps.
Most individuals receiving benefits had to fight through multiple levels of appeals. The process is frustrating and time consuming, but we can help. Contact our Charlottesville Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer at 804-251-1620 for help with your claim for government disability benefits.
Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Whether you qualify for benefits depends on how the Social Security Administration (SSA) in Charlottesville evaluates these areas:
Your Employment Status
The SSA will deny your claim if you’re engaged in “substantial gainful activity.” Though the complete definition is complicated, as a general rule you are engaged in substantial gainful activity if you’re earning more than $1,200 per month. This does not include workers compensation payments, pension payments, or veterans’ disability benefits.
If you’re not engaged in substantial gainful activity at the time you file for disability benefits, then the SSA will go on to the next step of the disability evaluation.
Your Health Condition
The SSA will request and review your medical records to determine whether you have a medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least a year or longer or result in death. This is why we recommend that accident victims who have suffered fractures or concussions wait a few months before applying for Social Security. If you file while hospitalized immediately after the accident, the SSA may find that your condition is not expected to last a year and deny the claim.
Whether Your Health Condition is Severe Enough to Meet a Condition on the SSA Listing of Impairments
The SSA Listing of Impairments contains a list of medical conditions and criteria that will qualify a claimant for SSD benefits in Charlottesville. The Listing of Impairments is complex. Trying to figure out if you meet a listing or develop the evidence to meet a listing on your own can lead to making a costly mistake. Call our Charlottesville disability lawyer for help instead. We’ve helped hundreds of disabled adults and children in Virginia meet a condition found on SSA’s Listing of Impairments and get approved for benefits.
Whether You Can Do Your Past Work or Any Other Work
It doesn’t matter how severe your medical impairments are. If you can return to any kind of work that you’ve done continuously in the past 15 years, you will not qualify for SSD benefits. You must prove that you’re incapable of returning to the kind of work you did before without accommodation and modification.
If you’re unable to do your past work, the SSA will evaluate your learned job skills, education, and age to see if there is any other type of work that you’re capable of doing in spite of your health impairments.
As a general rule, the older you are the more likely the SSA will approve your disability claim if you suffer from medical conditions that restrict you physically or cause fatigue. As a Social Security Disability lawyer in Charlottesville we’ve helped many individuals win their claim under the SSA’s Medical-Vocational Guidelines.
Whether You Have Enough Work Credits
To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you must have enough work credits to qualify. If you’ve worked 5 of the last 10 years and paid Social Security taxes then you likely qualify. If you haven’t worked this much then call our disability lawyer in Charlottesville to evaluate your earnings record and to determine whether you have sufficient work credits.
Whether You Qualify Based on Your Income and Assets
You may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you do not have enough work credits. Under this needs-based government disability program, you can receive monthly cash payments if you’re found disabled and have limited income and assets.
Call Corey Pollard Today – Social Security Disability Attorney for Albemarle County, Va
Few things in life are as frustrating as the process of filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits when you’re sick or hurt. Most people get denied at first. And you have to fight the system to get the benefits you’re owed.
Our Social Security Disability lawyer Charlottesville Va and his team are here to represent you at any state. The sooner you contact us the better. We’ll make sure that you file your paperwork timely, that you satisfy the procedural requirements of the appeals process, and that you present an effective case at your disability hearing.
And we will represent you without any upfront attorney fees or costs.
Contact Charlottesville SSD lawyer Corey Pollard for help with your SSDI or SSI claim. Call today at 804-251-1620 to schedule your free case evaluation. We represent clients in Charlottesville, Crozet, Lake Monticello, Scottsville, Stanardsville, and throughout Albemarle County, VA. This includes having us serve as your Charlottesville Social Security Disability lawyer at hearings held at 1470 Pantops Mountain Pl, Charlottesville, VA 22911. This the home not only of SSA’s local office but also the hearings office for the region.
And if your permanent disability was caused by an on the job injury, then our Charlottesville workers compensation lawyer will help you file a claim and pursue benefits under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.