If you live in Georgia and cannot work because of a medical or mental health problem, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you are like most of my disability clients, you would rather continue working. However, you may qualify for “disabled” status and eligible to receive monthly benefits if you can no longer get through the workday because of:
- difficulty sitting or standing
- lack of energy
- shortness of breath
- poor concentration, memory and focus
Social Security’s disability program can provide you income and medical insurance benefits which will allow you to support yourself and your family and live your life with dignity. If you have worked for five out of the last ten years you most likely qualify for SSDI, which will pay you a percentage of what you have paid into the system. If you do not have enough quarter hours of coverage for SSDI, then you may be eligible for SSI, which is a welfare program that pays a set amount (currently $721 per month in 2014). In addition if your medical condition left you unable to work months or years in the past, you sometimes can get payments dating back to the time when you left your last job – this may amount to tens of thousands of dollars payable as a lump sum. As one of my clients said to me recently, “there are no words to describe the peace of mind I now feel that I will have enough money to pay my rent and buy groceries.”
Social Security Disability is not Automatic
Unlike the payments you get automatically at age 65, SSDI funds will only be paid if you meet SSA’s definition of disability, which considers your capacity to perform the tasks of a minimally demanding job. In other words, it does not matter that you cannot perform the duties of your past work, you need to show that you could not reliably perform any type of work. I explain this definition to my clients as follows: “imagine you were asked to perform the duties of a simple, entry-level job such as packing ink pens in a box. You can sit or stand and change positions at will, and you have minimal interaction with the public or co-workers. As long as you are able to show up at work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, you can maintain this job. What is it about your medical or mental health condition that would stop you from doing this type of work?”
Federal law sets out very specific rules that judges must use to analyze your case. As your attorney, I will present to the judge on your behalf an opening statement and a case presentation which follows Social Security’s case evaluation rules. To put this another way, there are several arguments for disability that judges will accept – together we will identify the argument or arguments most relevant to your case and present to your judge.
Apply for Social Security Disability By Phone or Online
All Georgia SSDI or SSI claims must start with an application preferably on-line or via telephone (Social Security Disability’s phone number is 800-772-1213). You can also apply in person at your local field office. Your claim will then be evaluated by a disability adjudicator and most likely denied.
If your claim is denied, please do not get frustrated and give up. Many valid claims are denied. Instead, I invite you to call my office at 770-393-4985 to discuss with me how I might be able to help you gain an approval.
What You will Find in this Web Site
I created this web site to help you learn more about the Social Security decision making process and to learn more about me and my law firm. I regularly talk to hardworking men and women who are still working but see the day coming when full time work will no longer be possible. If you are at that point in your life, you can use this site to learn more about how SSDI and SSI work and how I may be able to help you.
If you have been denied and are ready to hire a lawyer to help you appeal, please click the get started now link and I can tell you what you need to do immediately to preserve your rights and file your appeal timely.
Finally, I want you to use this web site to learn more about me and my law firm and to feel comfortable with our expertise and experience. Ginsberg Law Offices is not a national law firm that advertises all of the country and uses contract lawyers to try cases. We are not a general practice firm that dabbles in Social Security. Instead, we are an Atlanta based disability law firm that focuses on Social Security disability as our main practice area. If you are a Google+ user, I invite you to connect with me on Google+
I know how difficult it has been or will be for you to come to the conclusion that you are “disabled.” If you have worked and paid taxes into the system, you deserve to get your money back out if you can no longer work. When you make the decision, you need put put your best efforts forward in seeking to recover all of the benefits to which you are entitled. I hope that will be able to help you recover from the United States government all of the financial and insurance benefits available to you.