Getting Social Security disability benefits in Tacoma can seem like an endless process. You file your claim. Months later, it’s summarily denied. If you appeal the decision, you’ll wait several more months. And you’re likely to receive yet another form letter informing you that your claim has again been denied. It can seem like you against a giant bureaucracy, and the playing field feels stacked against you. Don’t worry. Our office is here to help.
Social Security disability benefits are a minefield of confusion for most people. There are stringent requirements for filing and proving your case, medical documentation procedures, and a host of other complex issues. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Technically speaking, no. The law allows you to file your own disability claim. If you happen to have a very clear, cut and dried, case with absolutely no confounding factors, you might even be approved on your own.
In reality, however, almost no disability claim is ever that simple. Even if it was, minor filing mistakes or documentation errors could cause a denial. The truth is, for the best outcome in the least amount of time, you need a competent Social Security lawyer who knows the inner workings of the Social Security Administration. In fact, the SSA’s own statistics show that a competent attorney significantly improves your chances of getting your claim approved.
We understand that many people who are filing for disability are also struggling to pay the bills. You might have been out of work for awhile, or seriously underemployed due to your inability to perform your previous job. The last thing we want you to worry about is how to pay another bill.
That’s why we work on what is known as contingency – you don’t pay us a dime if we lose. If we win, and you receive your Social Security disability, our fee is 25 percent of the back benefits you receive or $6,000, whichever amount is lower.
SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, pays benefits to people who have worked both long enough and recently enough to qualify. In addition, you must be diagnosed with a serious medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or to cause death. Proving that you have a qualified condition is a very complicated matter.
SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a separate program administered by the SSA. It provides benefits to very low income people who are age 65 or over, blind, or disabled. This program has its own filing and documentation requirements that must be followed precisely.
Like many questions surrounding Social Security disability, the answer is, “it depends.” If you are currently working and earning more than a certain amount that changes each year, you will not generally be found eligible for disability. If you earn less than that amount, you will proceed into the medical review portion of the process.
Once you are on disability, you can take part in a program known as Ticket to Work. This graduated program lets you and your doctor determine whether you can go back to work without risking your benefits. The rules are complicated, but they basically allow you to ease back into the workforce and, if necessary, restart your benefits within the first three years without opening a brand-new case.
With 50+ years of experience, the law offices of Bryan Stubbs are the Social Security lawyers in Tacoma best able to get you through all the red tape and help you get the benefits you deserve. Our compassionate staff and attorneys are dedicated to maximizing your recovery and getting you an optimal resolution on your Social Security disability claim.
We know the system. We can get the results you need and deserve. Let us handle the stress for you.
Contact Bryan P. Stubbs, Attorney at Law, today at (253) 383-5891 for a free consultation. If you prefer, you can email us at email@example.com.
We’re located in downtown Tacoma in the Chamber of Commerce building on the corner of 11th and Pacific Avenue. Our offices are conveniently accessible by bus from locations throughout the Puget Sound area.