Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyers in Chesterfield County, VA
Each month hundreds of thousands of disabled adults receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits make a huge difference for those living with severe mental and physical impairments and their families. Without them many individuals would be unable to afford basic necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains and administers multiple programs, including SSDI and SSI. The criteria to get approved for disability benefits under these two programs is stringent. The majority of applications are denied because the claimant either failed to follow the SSA’s procedural rules or did not satisfy the work credit or medical requirements.
If you are thinking about applying for SSD benefits in Chesterfield County or would like additional information on your legal rights, call Corey Pollard at 804-251-1620 to speak to a Chesterfield County disability lawyer for free. As Social Security Disability attorneys in Chesterfield County, we often represent residents of Bellwood, Bon Air, Brandermill, Chester, Enron, Ettrick, Hull Street, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, Midlothian, Rockwood, and Woodlake. From the James River to the Appomattox River, and from Huguenot Road to Midlothian Turnpike to Powhite Parkway, we help residents of Chesterfield County get approved for SSD and SSI benefits.
Do I Qualify for SSD?
Both SSDI and SSI have the same medical requirements for proving disability.
You can receive benefits through these programs only if you prove that you are disabled completely. You cannot receive benefits if you’re partially disabled. This is a major difference between Social Security Disability, Long Term Disability, and Workers’ Compensation.
To have a chance at receiving SSD you must have a severe medical impairment that keeps you from working for at least 12 months. Depending on your age, past work, and transferable skills, you may qualify if you prove that you’re capable of work at a sedentary or light exertional level only. But these exceptions only apply to individuals who are 50 years of age or older.
Further you must meet the SSA’s financial and work history requirements.
If you’re filing for SSDI then you need to have paid Social Security taxes and earned enough work credits over the past three to ten years, depending on your age. This is done by working and having FICA taxes taken out of your paycheck before you become disabled.
If you’re filing for SSI in Chesterfield County then you must have limited income and assets. If you earn more than roughly $700 per month, or have more than $2,000 in assets, then your claim will likely be denied. Some assets are exempt from the SSA’s calculation though.
What Medical Conditions Qualify Someone for Social Security Disability?
Any physical impairment or mental condition can qualify you for SSD benefits, so long as it affects your ability to work and perform your activities of daily living independently.
There are two ways to meet the definition of disability. You can 1) satisfy the criteria for one of the medical conditions listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, also known as the Listing of Impairments, or 2) have medical impairments so severe that they cause restrictions that keep you from performing your past work or any other type of work.
Some of the common medical conditions that Chesterfield County residents receive disability benefits include:
- Mental disorders: anxiety; depression; bipolar disorder; PTSD; schizophrenia
- Cancer: breast cancer; lung cancer; brain cancer; leukemia
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Musculoskeletal system disorders: fibromyalgia; arthritis; degenerative disc disease
- Nervous system disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Respiratory system disorders; asthma; COPD; chronic pulmonary insufficiency
Our Chesterfield disability attorney can help you get approved if your health prevents you from working.
How much money will I get if I’m approved for SSD?
Your monthly SSDI payment depends on how much money you made over your lifetime. In 2017 the average SSDI benefit is.a little over $1,100. But some of my clients have received more than $2,000 per month, in addition to auxiliary benefits for children and spouses.
SSI benefits are capped based on the federal benefit rate. This year the maximum SSI monthly payment is $735.
Some of you will be eligible for both SSDI and SSI payments. A Chesterfield County SSD attorney can help you determine if you’re eligible for both types of benefits.
How Do I Apply for SSD in Chesterfield County, VA?
There are ways to apply for disability benefits:
- Call Corey Pollard for help applying.
- Go online and complete an application. You can now apply for both SSDI and SSI online.
- Call the SSA’s toll-free phone number at 1-800-772-1213 to set up an appointment.
- Apply at your local Social Security office. For Chesterfield County residents that means going to 13551 Waterford Pl., Midlothian, VA 23112]
After you submit your initial application, it may take three to six months to receive your first decision. Before receiving a decision you may be asked to complete a number of forms and to answer many questions about your living situation, your medical condition, your work history, your finances, and your restrictions. A simple mistake or failure to submit important evidence will lead to a denial. Make sure you handle the process correctly by contacting a Chesterfield County disability lawyer at 804-251-1620. We’re here to help.
Do I need a Chesterfield County attorney for my SSD claim?
SSD benefits are necessary when you’re unable to earn a living because of your disability. You have a lot riding on your claim. Don’t let a mistake or missed deadline keep you from getting the benefits you need.
By hiring an attorney to help you with the benefits process you can spend more time trying to recover physically and mentally and less time worrying about your claim. Disability lawyer Corey Pollard will explain your legal rights and what is necessary to give yourself the best chance of getting approved. We take care of the paperwork, developing the evidence, and presenting your case at trial if the SSA denies your claim.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Chesterfield County SSD Lawyer?
Corey Pollard doesn’t charge you an upfront legal fee. We get paid if you get approved. If your claim is denied then we don’t charge a fee.
Our fees are regulated by the federal government and are capped at $6,000. This is a small percentage of your back pay and the future value of your disability award.
You have no financial risk by hiring us to help you with your SSD case. So call today for a free consultation if you live in or near Chesterfield County, Midlothian, or Chester, VA. We’ve helped thousands of your neighbors get approved for SSDI and SSI.