Social Security: We handle Social Security cases in the Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, Franklinton, Bogalusa, Hammond, and Amite areas of Louisiana. Generally, Social Security benefits fall into two categories: Social Security/Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both require that a person have a disability or a combination of medical conditions, which render that person uable to sustain gainful employment. In order to qualify for SSD benefits, a person must have paid into the system (through payroll deductions) for a term of approximately ten (10) years. If a person does not qualify for SSD, SSI benefits apply, but at a lower amount. In order to determine whether a person qualifies for SSD benefits, they can call the Social Security hotline at 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.socialsecurity.gov.
I have handled Social Security cases for nearly twenty years. The need for an attorney is generally when an application for Social Security benefits has been denied. The denial letter will indicate that a person has sixty (60) days to file an appeal/request for hearing, and at that time the person should consult with an attorney immediately. The attorney would file the request for hearing and appear with you at that hearing with any witnesses and attempt to obtain a favorable decision for benefits.
The first step in attempting to obtain Social Security benefits, however, is for that person to go to there local Social Security office and apply for benefits. They must make sure to bring with them the name, address, and phone number of every physician and medical provider that has provided medical care for at least the last five (5) years. Without medical records, it is difficult to suceed in obtaining Social Security benefits.
If you apply for benefits, hopefully you will be approved. If not, contact me immediately when you receive your denial letter for a free consultation as to whether an appeal may be successful in your case.