If you are disabled, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits. Your disability does not need to be the result of an accident; you can also qualify because of significant physical limitations, extreme mental health problems, advance stage cancer, birth defects, degenerative diseases, and many others.
To receive your benefits, you must complete an application online or in person at the nearest Social Security Administration regional office. Your application will then be investigated by a representative.
If your Application for Benefits is denied, you may file a Request for Reconsideration. Your claim will then be reviewed in a similar process. If the Request for Reconsideration is declined as well, you can file a Request for a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. It's recommended to have an attorney help you for this step.
If you are awarded Social Security benefits, you will receive monthly payments based on your earnings record. After you have been eligible for Social Security for two years, you will also be entitled to Medicare health benefits.
This process is complex and difficult to navigate. Having a knowledgeable lawyer to guide you through the process can make it much easier. For a free consultation, schedule an appointment with Gingras, Cates & Wachs.