Our Social Security Disability Attorneys Fight For The Benefits You Are Owed
You may be a candidate for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you are unable to continue working because of a physical and/or mental disability. However, if you apply for benefits, you may soon learn what millions of people already know: Social Security (formerly known as the Social Security Administration or SSA) denies most initial SSDI applications.
Do not give up easily if your SSDI or SSI claim has been denied. Consult with an SSDI attorney to explore the idea of appealing your denied claim. At Malone Bailey, we help Minnesotans obtain the SSDI or SSI benefits they are eligible for. Request a free consultation today.
How Do You Apply For SSD Or SSDI In Minnesota?
The first step for applying for Social Security Disability benefits is to complete the initial application. This can be done online, over the phone or in person at your local Social Security office. You will need to provide detailed information about your medical condition, work history and other personal information. You can start your application here.
However, over 60% of SSDI claims are denied. Successful applications for disability benefits require numerous documents that must be properly reported and submitted. Much of the information required involves technical or medical forms. Any gaps, mistakes or omissions of the required information can damage your claim. If you are concerned about undergoing the application process yourself, you can contact one of our attorneys to submit the application on your behalf, or to schedule for a free case evaluation to help you understand your options.
After submitting your initial application, it may take several months to receive a decision. If your application is approved, you will begin receiving benefits. If it is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.
The appeals process can be lengthy and require additional documentation and evidence. It is important to work with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer who can help guide you through the appeals process and increase your chances of success.
Overall, applying for SSD benefits in Minnesota requires careful attention to detail and patience. By following the proper steps and working with a qualified attorney, you can increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need.
We Represent Both Mental And Physical Claims
Social Security benefits aren’t just for those who suffer physical injuries. Physical injuries are easy to see. Mental injuries are often unseen. That’s why people who have suffered from mental illness often encounter more pushback when applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Additionally, there is a rather specific list of mental conditions that the Social Security Administration recognizes as disabling. If your condition does not meet the listing requirements, your claim might be denied.
If you are seeking Social Security Disability benefits with Malone Bailey at your side, you can rest easy knowing you are in the hands of a caring and compassionate team. We have been handling a wide range of injury cases for over 30 years. We are well-versed in the laws governing SSDI claims, and we know which types of conditions are recognized by the Social Security Administration as disabling and which types of conditions require a more tactful approach and additional work.
Children’s SSDI Claims
Social Security benefits are not only for adults who have worked. Children under 18 years old may be eligible, as are adult children who sustained a disability before age 22 or while an elementary or secondary school student.
Social Security claims involving children can have challenges. For example, many initial applications for children with serious mental and physical health conditions are denied. This requires an appeal, which a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help with.
There are many considerations for children’s claims, such as whether the child regularly sees a doctor and has medical records to supplement the claims, the presence of behavioral problems at home or in school, and medical issues during pregnancy or infancy. Other factors may include the household income of the child’s home, the child’s school grade level and any legal trouble the child may have faced.
Children often show the impacts of a disability differently than adults. For example, children are not yet working age, so it is impossible to determine if a child’s disability prevents them from successfully completing a job. However, the Social Security Administration uses its own criteria, called the Domains of Functioning, to evaluate how a disability affects a child’s ability to function.
The domains are made up of six categories that evaluates a different area of functioning vital to everyday living, including:
- Acquiring and using information
- Attending and completing tasks
- Interacting and relating with others
- Moving about and manipulating objects
- Caring for yourself
- Health and physical well-being
If a child suffers a disability that is equal in severity to one found in the Blue Book, the child may qualify for Supplemental Security Income for Children. To qualify, the child must have a severe limitation in two or more of the domain categories or an extreme limitation in one.
Maximizing Social Security Benefits For Veterans
As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, we’re committed to helping veterans receive the maximum Social Security benefits they’re entitled to. We understand the complex regulations and eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and can help you navigate the process.
Our team can assist with gathering the necessary medical evidence and documentation to support your claim. An injured veteran who is rated 100% permanently and totally disabled by the VA can be placed on an expedited track but does not guarantee benefits. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that your application is complete and accurate. We can also help with the appeals process if your initial claim is denied.
We believe every veteran deserves to receive the benefits they’ve earned through their service to our country. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you maximize your Social Security benefits.
Do You Need To Hire An SSD Lawyer?
While a lawyer is not required to make a Social Security Disability claim, the process can have many layers and easily become complicated. An SSD lawyer can help you navigate the process and alleviate some of the stress that comes with making an SSD claim. Working with a skilled SSD attorney can also help you with parts of the application such as:
- Accurately completing the application
- Gathering medical records
- Obtaining medical support
- Obtaining educational and vocational records
- Appealing a SSD denial
Often, seeking SSD benefits can be a vulnerable and overwhelming process. An experienced SSD lawyer can make applying for SSD simpler and less stressful.
How Our SSDI Lawyers Can Help
Attorney John Malone, a founder of our firm, has represented people with injuries and disabilities for more than 30 years. We have the knowledge, skills and compassion necessary to help you overcome challenges after an SSDI or SSI claim denial. We may enlist the help of one or more doctors to serve as expert witnesses to bolster your claim.
An important step in the process of appealing your denied SSD claim is to request an administrative hearing. If the answer is still no after an administrative hearing, you can appeal before the Appeals Council in Virginia. Our lawyers can help you prepare all the evidence needed to increase your chances of success in an SSDI hearing or appeal.
Filing out an initial Social Security Disability application can be overwhelming. At Malone Bailey, we assist you in gathering the necessary information to begin that process and go even further by filing your application online for you.
Don’t Miss Deadlines; Request A Consultation
After a denial is received, an appeal must be filed. To ensure that you meet the deadlines and do all that you can to overturn an SSDI claim denial, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Malone Bailey is here for you from the initial application for an SSDI/SSI benefits application, as well as for appeals. To schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers in Edina, Brainerd, St. Cloud or your location, call us at 952-209-9018 or 320-407-1671 or send an email inquiry.