London, KY Social Security Disability Attorneys
Helping Clients File & Appeal Disability Claims in Central & Eastern Kentucky
Filing a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can be a formidable undertaking. First-time applicants are often surprised by the amount of detail the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires when it comes to documenting their work history and the nature of their disability. Unfortunately, the majority of SSDI applications are initially rejected by SSA examiners for either technical reasons (such as errors or missing information) or because they believe that an applicant’s disability isn’t severe enough to grant them benefits.
The good news is that you can increase your chances of having your denial overturned by hiring Bentley, George & Sparks. The best way to ensure that your initial application is accepted by the SSA is to enlist the aid of a skilled London Social Security disability attorney from the get-go. Statistically, an individual who partners with a lawyer is about twice as likely to succeed in having an application accepted either initially or during the appeals process as they are without one.
Put Bentley, George & Sparks on your side—make an appointment with our office today to learn more about how you can present your case in the best possible light when submitting or appealing an SSDI application.
What Does the SSA Consider a Disability?
To qualify for SSDI, an individual must be under the age of 65 and have a “total” physical and/or mental disability. A total disability is defined by the SSA as one that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. It must also render the claimant unable to perform the work they did before as well as unable to adjust to a new job because of their medical condition(s).
Medical conditions that commonly qualify claimants for benefits include:
- Cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure or coronary artery disease
- Digestive tract problems, like liver disease or IBD
- Hematological disorders, such as hemolytic anemias
- Immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Kidney disease and genitourinary problems
- Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or autism
- Musculoskeletal conditions, such as back injuries
- Neurological disorders, like MS, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, or epilepsy
- Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma or COPD
- Sense and speech issues, such as vision or hearing loss
To prove you have a disability that makes you eligible for benefits, you must get an official diagnosis from your doctor. For more information about benefit eligibility, visit the SSA’s website.
Security for Blind, Elderly & Disabled Kentucky Residents
Individuals who don’t have a substantial work history may be ineligible for applying for SSDI benefits. Fortunately, the federal government offers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for elderly, blind, or disabled Americans whose employment record doesn’t qualify them for SSDI.
Just as with SSDI, however, many SSI applications are denied because applicants fail to accurately describe their income or explain the full extent of their disability. Bentley, George & Sparks can help you file an initial application or appeal your rejected one, giving you a much better chance of securing your benefits. We will assist you in filling out an SSI application correctly and making sure that your financial and medical documentation meets the government’s stringent criteria for acceptance.
Schedule a consultation with an SSI lawyer with a proven reputation for success on behalf of blind, elderly, or disabled individuals who cannot qualify for SSDI. Remember: Bentley, George & Sparks do not collect a cent from you unless you’re successful in your claim, and even then, we only bill you for a small fraction of your past due benefits.
Get in touch with Bentley, George & Sparks today and we’ll get started on your Social Security Disability claim immediately. Call (606) 332-2494 or fill out the contact form provided here for a prompt reply. We serve Central and Eastern Kentucky.