SSD and SSI Lawyers
Social Security Lawyers
Social Security lawyers in Missouri and Illinois. No one should be in a position where they have to worry about how they are going to survive without the ability to earn a living. As some of the most vulnerable members of our society, the disabled and elderly deserve to be treated with the same level of respect and empathy as everyone else. At Drummond Law, we care deeply about these individuals and want to help.
If you or a loved one are disabled, 65+ years old, or blind in addition to having limited resources to adequately support yourself, Drummond Law can help you get the Social Security benefits you need to live comfortably. We are familiar with all the laws, regulations, and rules associated with the two most common federal programs:
Our social security lawyers can guide you through every aspect of your claim from beginning to end. For help filing for Social Security benefits, appealing a denial, or any other issues regarding your situation, speak with our Social Security lawyers now. Feel free to contact us or call 800-842-0426 for a free case review.
Filing for Benefits With the Help of Social Security Lawyers
No matter what type of assistance you require, filing for Social Security benefits is a confusing and complicated process. Many people do not get a lawyer involved until it is too late and their claim has been denied.
If you are disbled and need to pay your bills and other essential expenses, you must seek help from a social security lawyer so that you start receiving benefits without any delay. When you get us involved from the beginning, you guarantee your claim develops without any issues, avoiding a potentially long denial and appeals process.
Advantages to getting a Social Security lawyer involved as soon as possible:
- We handle everything for you – Our first step is to help you determine which program you qualify for and how we can fill out the paperwork to position you for the best chance of approval the first time around. We will handle every step of the process for you, such as submitting all medical records and other documentation to the appropriate parties. Meanwhile, you can have peace of mind knowing that an advocate is on your side.
- Years of experience – Our social security lawyers have been helping people get the benefits they need since 1976. In this time, we’ve gained a thorough understanding of the nuances of the Social Security Administration and can handle all communication with them on your behalf. We can also interpret the complex language of the paperwork and relay it back to you so that you understand everything you need to know about your claim.
- Eye for details – We help pinpoint the pieces of evidence that must be presented to the SSA in order to prove your need for benefits. This includes consulting with medical professionals and employers on your behalf to gather and submit pertinent information on your condition.
- Protection of your rights – If your request for benefits is denied, we become staunch defenders of your right to benefits. We will file an appeal on your behalf and represent you before an administrative law judge (ALJ) should your case require a hearing. Finally, if all else fails, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf to secure the benefits to which you are entitled.
Our social security lawyers take the time to listen to you so that we have an intimate understanding of your disability and situation. This allows us to explain your situation to the Social Security Administration better than anyone else. We want to make the process as easy as possible so you can move with your life and onto financial independence.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
You are eligible for social security benefits if you have a medical condition that’s considered a “disability,” defined by the SSA as the inability to do the work you did before because of physical or mental impairment that is expected to last longer than 12 months. Under a case review by the SSA, they will determine whether or not you are able to adjust to other work as a result of the condition. If they deem you unable to continue work in some capacity, then you are entitled to benefits.
However, there is a difference between which program you might be eligible for, and it all has to do with your background. For example, Social Security Disability eligibility is based on whether or not you have a history of making contributions to the Social Security trust fund and, therefore, have built up “credits.” If you haven’t earned enough of these credits, then you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, which is based on disability, age, and limited income. Learn more about these two programs below:
Eligibility for Social Security Disability:
- Built-up work credits – These credits are based on you or your family’s wages and income over a number of years. You are considered “insured” because of contributions made to the Social Security trust fund in the form of FICA payroll taxes. In many cases, you need forty credits in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, but some disabled younger people may still be able to qualify with fewer credits.
Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income:
- Disability (any age) OR blindness (any age) OR age (65+)
- Limited/no income – As this program is largely needs-based and funded by general fund taxes (not from the Social Security trust fund), a person with an income of less than $2,000 in assets OR a couple with an income of less than $3,000 may be able to qualify for benefits.
You may be eligible for both programs at the same time, which is why you need the help of our social security lawyers to see which is the best option for your condition and situation. Once we determine which program will give you the maximum benefit, we can guide you through every step of the appropriate application process. Contact us to get started.
Social Security Claim Denied: How an SSD Lawyer Can Help
The SSA has significant discretion in determining whether or not to award benefits to vulnerable individuals, and they often use that discretion liberally. For example, thousands of people across the U.S. are denied every year for a number of reasons. Only 35% of applications are approved the first time around, which means a vast majority of people are left scrambling to get the support they so desperately need.
If you are one of the thousands of people denied SSD or SSI, it’s not too late to get an experienced Social Security lawyer to fight on your behalf—but you cannot delay any longer. The SSA only allows a short window of time for someone to appeal the denial. The worst mistake you can make is missing this deadline.
Once we step in, we will work with you to craft a compelling case that will be presented at a hearing or in front of an Appeals Council. Our firm believes that you should not have to face this intimidating meeting alone. We are there right beside you and can help you clearly and effectively convey the full extent of the difficulties you face in a way that will convince a judge. Having social security lawyers on your side, such as those at Drummond Law, dramatically increases your chances of approval following an appeal.
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Our social security lawyers can take on any challenge, including completing the SSD or SSI application for you, requesting and analyzing medical records, appealing a denial, fighting on your behalf at a hearing, and even appealing your case in front of a Federal Court, if necessary.
We believe that hardworking individuals who have fallen victim to a disability are entitled to maximum benefits. Since 1976 and in over 10,000 cases won, Drummond Law has been helping people across Missouri and Illinois receive the benefits they need to support themselves and their families. To speak with our Social Security lawyers for a free case review, feel free to contact us or call 800-842-0426.