If you have suffered an injury or illness that no longer allows you to work, you are entitled to seek disability benefits through the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program.
SSDI is not a welfare program. It is an insurance program you paid for. If you have paid into the SSDI premium program through automatic payroll deduction or by direct payments if you were self-employed, and you paid into the system within the past 10 years, then you may apply for SSDI benefits.
There are many types of injuries and illnesses, such as serious personal injuries, that qualify as permanent disabilities by the Social Security Administration. Although you are entitled to seek benefits for your disability, the system is complex and frustrating. A very high percentage of initial claims are denied, often because of technicalities or problems with the medical records.
Hiring an experienced SSDI lawyer to help gather records, file the paperwork correctly and move your claim through the system gives you the advantage and benefit of knowing that your claim will be handled efficiently and you have someone pushing hard for acceptance.
Talk to attorney Lyndon R. Helton to learn more about the process and whether you qualify for the benefits you have paid for.
At Helton, Cody & Associates, PLLC, we believe you deserve the money benefits you are entitled to if you can no longer work because of a disability. When you obtain our services, we will handle everything concerning your claim or appeal. We will work with your doctors and gather the complex reports and medical records that are often the key to winning a denied claim. We will only be paid if we win your claim.
Under SSDI rules, you cannot receive disability benefits until you have been unable to work for 12 months from the time of your accident or disability. But you do not have to wait to begin the application process. Start early.
The application process generally requires about eight months from the time you submit your forms. By letting us get an early start, your application will be reviewed, and you will be ready to receive benefits upon acceptance the first month you are eligible.
If you’d like help handling your disability claim or appeal, contact our law firm online or call our office in Hickory, North Carolina, at 828-328-9966 or toll free at 888-321-0494 to schedule a free initial appointment.