Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
Help from a skilled Florida lawyer for filing disability claims
To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Florida, you must be insured under the Social Security Administration and suffer from a disability that makes you unable to work for at least one year. However, you do not have to wait a full year before filing for benefits. Whether you live in Stuart or anywhere in Florida, the social security disability attorneys at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A can help you file for benefits as soon as the evidence suggests your disability will prevent you from working for a year or more. This evidence includes:
- Medical evidence
- Severity of your disability
- Whether or not you are working
- If your condition interferes with basic work-related activities
- Your ability to adjust to other work
- Daily activities
Medical evidence showing impairment and the severity of the impairment is the most important evidence. It is essential to present strong medical evidence at the outset, including medical reports from all treating sources, such as licensed physicians and health professionals, and hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities.
Common mistakes to avoid
One of the most common mistakes disability lawyers see disabled workers make is assuming that an initial free consultation is enough medical evidence to establish a disability. Comprehensive medical evidence should include your medical history, clinical and laboratory findings, doctor’s diagnosis, treatments prescribed, and your response to treatment. With the help of our disability attorneys, your doctor should complete a statement about your impairment and abilities to perform work-related activities.
Other mistakes disabled workers commonly make without the help of a disability lawyer include:
- Filing a claim too soon
- Failing to follow through with treatment or medication
- Missing medical appointments
- Missing the claim deadline (60 days)
- Missing the appeal deadline (60 days from denial)
Appealing a claim when it is denied
Even if your claim is denied, disability attorneys can help you appeal, including gathering and submitting new evidence and doctor or witness testimony. Our Stuart social security disability lawyers can help you with all levels of appeal, including:
- Reconsideration hearings
- Hearings by an administrative law judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal court review
See our page on appeals and hearings for additional information.
Contact Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. for help with disability claims
At the law firm of Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., our social security disability lawyers are dedicated to helping end the suffering of our disabled clients in Stuart and throughout Florida. To obtain help from lawyers who truly care, contact us online or at 561.687.5660 for a initial consultation today.
We offer evening and weekend appointments in our offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Orlando, Florida.