Lake Charles Social Security Disability Attorney
It is not easy or quick to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. It is estimated that at least 60 percent of all applicants are turned down when they first apply. You should not be discouraged if your claim was denied. An experienced lawyer can help you document your disabling condition and argue your case before a hearing judge.
The Social Security attorneys of The Townsley Law Firm have a high success rate in appealing denied claims. We believe our litigation skills and medical background can make a difference in your case. Our Lake Charles law office handles disability claims in southwest Louisiana.
Social Security Disability Law Firm In Lake Charles
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program of the United States government. Managed by the Social Security Administration, it is designed to provide income to people who are unable to work because of a disability. Qualifying for disability benefits requires:
- A physical or mental impairment that prevents the person from engaging in substantial gainful employment
- That the person has been disabled from work for 12 months or expects to be
- That the person has earned sufficient work credits by working five out of the last 10 years
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a separate federal welfare program for people who do not have enough work credits or who have never worked. SSDI benefits are based on the person’s Social Security contributions, while SSI provides a low fixed benefit.
The Social Security Claims And Appeals Process
We encourage clients to file their own initial application. If they are approved, they may not need an attorney’s help unless the Social Security Administration later tries to reduce or terminate benefits. If the claim is denied, we will amend the case file, request a hearing date and prepare for trial. The administrative law judge hearing represents the best chance of winning benefits. If the ALJ ruling is not favorable, our lawyer can discuss the merits of further appeals.
The average person has little chance of winning a hearing without the assistance of a qualified professional who understands the complex bureaucracy and the medical aspects of the case. Call our Lake Charles Social Security Disability attorney at 337-377-0584 or 800-216-6808 or contact us online.