If you are struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, it can be challenging to support your family. It might comfort you to know that you may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. If you’ve been denied the benefits you need, contact Covington Social Security Attorney Ellene Welsh today.
Social Security Administration offices handle SSD benefits claims. Getting the assistance you need can be challenging without the help of an experienced lawyer.
Having practiced law since 1988, attorney Ellene Welsh has extensive experience in social security benefits. In addition to gathering the necessary documentation and writing persuasive briefs, she is very experienced in appeals of claim denials. Drawing on her substantial experience, attention to detail, and knowledge of SSD laws, Attorney Ellene Welsh is here to help you get the benefits you need.
Our firm handles Social Security Disability family benefit cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no attorney fees until we secure financial assistance for you.
More often than not, the SSA denies a disabled person’s claim. When this happens, a series of appeals may be available to you, including an appeal to the federal district court. We are here to assist you through the entire appeals process. Contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation, or call our office at 770-489-3456.
Older Americans aren’t the only ones who should understand Social Security. According to studies, approximately one in four 20-year-olds will become disabled before they reach 67. If you become disabled, it’s important to know what you can fall back on as a “safety net.”
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the Social Security Disability (SSD) program, which is funded by payroll taxes. Disability insurance provides income support to people who are no longer able to work because of an injury or medical condition. The Social Security Disability program is intended to assist you in meeting your basic needs, such as paying for housing, buying food, and making ends meet for your family.
The SSD program offers two types of assistance to people with disabilities. SSA administers both programs, but their eligibility requirements differ. When you apply for either program, the Social Security Administration will collect your medical information and other details to determine whether you qualify for benefits. Programs include:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
If you work long enough and pay Social Security taxes, you and certain family members may be able to receive benefits under this program. To qualify, someone must show they have earned a certain number of “work credits.” These credits are based on their income or annual wages, and they can earn up to four credits per year. Your required number of work credits will vary depending on your age at the time of disability. For most people, 40 credits (or 10 years of employment) are needed to qualify, though disabled younger workers might qualify with less.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Those who meet certain requirements and have limited resources and income are eligible to receive benefits through this need-based program. SSI benefits may be available to U.S. citizens who have less than $2,000 in assets (or $3,000 if married) and receive minimal income.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be available to those who are disabled for at least one year due to a temporary or permanent injury. You must have a certain amount of previous work experience and contributions to the plan in order to qualify for this program.
In contrast, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits do not require a work history and are designed to help those who cannot work due to long-term disabilities.
To qualify for SSDI benefits in Covington, you must demonstrate to SSA that you have previously worked but are currently unable to work. Specifically, you need to prove the following:
It may seem straightforward to meet these requirements, but it can take time and effort to gather and present the documents needed to prove your eligibility to the Social Security Administration. A denial might make things worse, but you can fight back with our assistance.
Disability benefits may be automatically awarded if you meet the following criteria:
You may qualify for automatic approval if you have the following medical conditions:
An applicant may qualify for SSD benefits if they have a variety of mental or physical disabilities listed by the Social Security Administration. It is important that you contact us at The Law Office of Ellene Welsh so that we can assess other factors in your case and see if we can help you.
In Covington, you may qualify for social security benefits if you suffer from certain disabilities, such as:
It is best to apply for social security benefits on your own first, then contact a lawyer if there are any issues or you receive a denial. Our firm specializes in helping those denied social security benefits. If you’ve been denied, we want to help you with your appeal to try and get you the benefits you need.
If you are disabled and unable to perform your job duties, you may be eligible for disability compensation. Unfortunately, the SSA frequently denies claimants for various reasons, such as a person does not complete the necessary documents, missing a deadline, being suspected of fraud, or many other reasons.
Since these factors are so variable, you’ll need to hire a lawyer to ensure you’re getting the benefits you’ll need to support your family and pay your bills. Ellene Welsh, a qualified attorney in Covington, GA, has years of experience and is familiar with the filing procedure for obtaining financial and healthcare benefits.
If your initial SSD or SSI claim is denied, we’re here to help. Attorney Ellene Welsh will:
Although these cases can take years to resolve, we always strive to expedite the process, so you get your benefits as soon as possible.
A denial of your SSI claim may occur for several reasons:
Denials of social security benefits can also be caused by:
As a result, you may have to wait months while one setback after another prevents you from receiving benefits. Thankfully, you still have options – a Covington Social Security disability lawyer can help.
Our SSDI lawyers in Covington know what it takes to create a successful application based on our previous decades of experience. In addition to assembling the necessary paperwork for your case, we will present evidence that proves that your condition qualifies you for benefits. We can attend the hearings and handle your appeal if your claim is denied.
The Social Security Disability claim process allows you to appeal your claim four more times after you have requested an initial reconsideration. If your claim was denied, you still have options. Here are the steps your attorney will need to take to appeal a denied claim:
You must act quickly if you have applied for Social Security Disability and have been denied. An Administrative Law Judge can take several months or even years to hear your case. Get in touch with your trusted Covington, GA SSDI attorneys at The Law Office of Ellene Welsh today at 770-489-3456.
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At Ellene Welsh's Law Office, our mission is to assist clients in obtaining essential benefits such as workers' compensation, Social Security Disability payments, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With a legal career spanning back to 1988, attorney Ellene Welsh is a strong advocate for individuals facing physical and mental disabilities that hinder their ability to earn a livelihood. Serving clients across Georgia from our Columbus and Douglasville offices, we're committed to getting you started promptly. For immediate contact with Attorney Ellene Welsh, please dial 770-489-3456 today.ABOUT ELLENE WELSH
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With 35 years of legal experience, Attorney Ellene Welsh specializes in assisting individuals in the Douglasville, Columbus, and West Georgia areas to secure Work Comp, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, leveraging her in-depth knowledge of the systems and collaborating with admin officials to secure her clients the financial support they deserve.Get Started