Disability can strike a worker at any time, whether old or young, and can be caused by a number of different factors including an accident, injury, or an illness. If you become disabled and unable to work, you may be concerned about where to get income to support your family. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has two possible Social Security disability benefits programs that you may be able to take advantage of.
While the SSA provides Social Security disability to help ensure that disabled individuals can support themselves and help to provide for their loved ones, unfortunately the disability programs have a very high denial rate. This high denial rate is caused both by the SSA’s desire to avoid fraud and by the stringent requirements for qualifying for benefits.
At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, our disability lawyers have extensive knowledge of the Social Security disability system. We have represented many clients and assisted them in completing their initial application for benefits so they have the best chance of avoiding a benefits denial.
If your claim has already been denied, we can assist you in appealing, and if your benefits have been stopped, we can help you to get them back on track. Our New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyers understand how important it is to you to receive disability benefits, and we will advocate diligently for your rights and put our legal talents to work for you.
New Hampshire Social Security Disability Laws
Social Security disability benefits are available only to individuals who suffer from a long-term disabling condition, which is defined as an illness, injury, or medical problem that has or will last for 12 months. The disability needs to be listed on a list called the “blue book” or List of Impairments and you must exhibit the symptoms that are in the blue book for your particular disability or condition.
If you have a medical problem or injury that is not listed, you’ll need to show that it’s medically equivalent to one that is listed – a tough standard. Medical evidence will need to be provided to substantiate your claim from your treating physician, and you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful employment when applying for benefits.
If you meet the criteria for qualification and your claim is still denied, there’s a multi-step appeals process that you can use to attempt to get the Social Security disability benefits that the law entitles you to. The first step is a request for reconsideration by a different disability claims examiner. The next step if you are still denied is to have a disability benefits hearing, followed by a review of that hearing, if necessary. Finally, you may appeal to a federal appellate court if your appeals to the SSA have been unsuccessful.
The entire process of applying for benefits can take several months for a basic application and much longer if you need to appeal. The process can also be confusing and stressful. At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, we take the stress off of you so you can focus on getting better. Our disability lawyers will fight for your rights and advocate for your claim to benefits, putting our legal skills to work for you.
To learn more about the legal services we can provide to clients in Social Security disability cases, contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin today at 603-742-2332 or use the form at right to get in touch with us. We represent clients facing all types of social security disability issues throughout the New Hampshire area.