Have you struggled to get payments under the Social Security disability system?
When you’re disabled and unable to work, you assume that Social Security disability will provide income for your family. After all, wasn’t the Social Security disability system designed to be a safety net for people suffering illness and injury?
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get fair disability payments from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It’s a complex application process that often unfairly denies people who need assistance. That’s why you need an experienced Kansas Social Security disability lawyer advocating for you.
At Cottrell Law Office, we’ve been helping injured workers for 32 years. We know what it takes to get an SSDI application approved, and we’ll work to get you the disability payments you need. Contact us online or give us a call today for assistance.
Here, we provide an overview of the process for getting Kansas disability benefits.
Who Can Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Disabled workers who can no longer work at any job may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Workers must have accumulated the minimum number of “work credits” to receive benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) awards these credits based on the number of years you have worked and paid a Social Security tax.
How Do You Get Kansas Disability Benefits?
To get Social Security disability benefits, you must file an application describing your injury and work history. Then the SSA will take these steps:
- Review your application;
- Request additional information or medical exams; and
- Approve or deny your application.
If the SSA approves your application, you should start receiving benefits quickly. If the SSA denies your application, you can appeal that decision. When you file a successful appeal, the SSA will award back pay for the months you went without payments during your appeal.
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How Can a Kansas Social Security Disability Lawyer Assist You?
When you’re injured and in need of disability benefits, completing the complicated SSDI paperwork and communicating with the SSA can feel stressful. An attorney can help by taking over some of these burdensome tasks.
Complete an Accurate Application
A Social Security disability attorney can help you fill out paperwork and gather evidence to support your disability claim. Your attorney will check for errors on your application to make sure you meet all SSA requirements.
File an Appeal
If the SSA denies your disability application, your attorney can file an appeal. You can either request reconsideration based on additional evidence or request a hearing. A hearing gives you the opportunity to tell an administrative law judge (ALJ) why you deserve disability benefits.
There’s another level of appeal as well. If the ALJ doesn’t find in your favor, you can request that an appeals council review your application. The appeals council might affirm or reverse the ALJ’s decision or send your case to another ALJ for review.
You have only 60 days from when an application is denied to file an appeal. So you must hire an attorney quickly to give yourself the best opportunity to convince the SSA that it made an error when it denied you benefits.
Contact an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney
If you need help applying for disability in Kansas, you should contact a knowledgeable disability attorney. At Cottrell Law Office, Kansas Social Security disability lawyer Wesley Cottrell has been helping injured workers for 32 years.
Wesley can explain the SSDI process, assist you with paperwork, and check your application for errors. If the SSA has denied you benefits, Wesley can help you file an appeal. With so much income on the line in disability benefits, you don’t want to hire just any attorney.
You need one of the best disability lawyers in Kansas, which is the reputation Wesley has earned with his clients.