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York Gaskill can help Georgia residents obtain the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits they need to continue meeting their household and financial obligations. Some people are aware of the difficulties many applicants experience when attempting to obtain SSD benefits; however, individuals who are unable to work because of a long-term disability are encouraged to apply for benefits. We will work hard to help you through the entire process in an effort to obtain a favorable outcome.

Eligibility: A Closer Look at the Process

Individuals living in Georgia can apply for disability benefits at their local field office, over the toll-free phone line or online through the Social Security Administration’s website. Those seeking benefits should be aware that the state does not offer benefits for short-term disability. However, there are two disability programs offered by the state: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplement Security Income (SSI).

SSDI

To be eligible for benefits under the SSDI program, an individual must be: (i) suffering from a disability that hinders him or her from being able to perform substantial work, (ii) the disability must actually last (or be expected to last) for at least a year and (iii) the individual must have enough work credits in the Social Security system. If you need help with the application process, do not hesitate to contact York Gaskill for assistance.

SSI

For purposes of SSI benefits, an individual must also suffer from a disability that keeps him or her from performing substantial work, lasts at least a year (or is expected to last that long), and have a low amount of income and assets.

Once the application has been processed, it will be sent to the Disability Adjudication Services agency where a claims examiner will review the application and seek to obtain all of the applicant’s pertinent medical information from his or her physicians. Once all the information has been received, a determination will be made as to whether or not the applicant is disabled for purposes of receiving benefits.

As noted above, it is typically quite difficult to obtain approval for benefits at the application stage of the process. However, no one should give up hope. If you were attempting to handle this on your own, this is where the disability attorneys at York Gaskill can step in to help you increase your odds of being approved for the benefits you so desperately need.

Those who have been denied should consider making a Request for Reconsideration, which is the second level of the process. Reconsideration is the first appeal that an applicant can make after being denied for disability benefits. Appeals (or reconsideration) must be filed within 60 days of the initial denial (with a few extra days provided for mailing the required documentation). Applicants actually have a better chance of being approved on appeal than at the application phase and reconsideration decisions are generally made much quicker too.

Still, even if you are not awarded benefits at the reconsideration phase, you may choose to proceed to the third phase of the process, which is known as the Request for Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge phase. This hearing is considered to be the second appeal within the SSD appeal system. Anyone considering moving forward to this phase is strongly encouraged to work with us to ensure you have the best possibility of achieving a successful outcome.

York Gaskill can provide you with the representation you need to help you obtain benefits when you need them the most. Call our office today to discuss your options.