The Bollinger Law Firm, P.C., is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but handles disability cases nationwide.
When an injury or illness interrupts your ability to make a living as you always have, Social Security Disability claims reviewers will expect answers to two key questions:
- Are you able to do any of the jobs you have done in the last 15 years? (Perhaps after healing or rehabilitation)
- If not, is there anything else you can do?
An answer of "yes" to the question #2 means that you are able to do a job that exists in significant numbers throughout the national economy (not overly restricted to any particular location such as Maine for lobster fishing or Hawaii for pineapple picking.)
If your newly acquired or newly diagnosed disability means that you cannot continue in your previous line of work, and cannot reasonably perform some other type of work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability. Contact a lawyer at The Bollinger Law Firm, P.C. to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your options in light of your disability.
A work-restricting impairment that prevents you from doing the job you used to do for 12 months or more may qualify you to receive Social Security Disability benefits. (See a list of potentially qualifying impairments as defined by the Social Security Administration here: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm) If you anticipate that you will qualify for SSD after one year, you should apply as soon as possible. You may have been in a serious accident, or received a diagnosis of cancer or any serious illness that makes you believe you will be unable to work for a year or more. Regardless of your disability, you can expect your claim to be denied once or twice. Therefore, an early application is advised.
Our attorneys represent SSDI/SSI claimants at administrative hearings — and, if necessary, we are prepared to go to court to ensure that our clients receive benefits that are rightfully theirs. As a worker, you have been having FICA taxes withheld from your pay for years. Part of those taxes fund Social Security Disability. If you qualify for it, and have paid into the system, you are not asking for "welfare." You are in essence making an insurance claim just as you would for your car after an auto accident, or for your house after a fire.
If your income and assets are limited enough, you may qualify for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) in addition to, or in lieu of, Social Security Disability. Depending on the nature of your disability and your past employment, if any, there may be other available avenues of support for you, possibly including one or more of the following:
- Workers' compensation (if your disability is the result of a workplace injury, or occupational disease such as a repetitive stress injury)
- Private disability insurance
- A personal injury claim or lawsuit (if, for example, your disability is the result of a motor vehicle accident or use of a defective product).
Draw on our knowledge and experience as you seek financial assistance when a disability has made it impossible for you to continue working as you once did. Contact us this Web site or by phone.