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    What to do if Serious Illness Prevents You from Working in Florence

    You’re used to working hard and supporting yourself and your loved ones, but that’s all changed since your medical condition forced you out of your job. Now, mounting financial troubles are causing stress, and you need some relief.

    Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits could help with paying your bills, putting food on the table and getting the medical care you need.

    The problem is, getting SSD benefits is hard. Social Security makes you jump through a lot of hoops before they make their decision. A large majority of disability applications are denied. It can be risky to go it alone without the benefit of an experienced disability attorney.

    Help is here for hardworking people in Florence.

    Whether you worked in health care, transportation, finance or one of our other local industries in the hub of the Eastern Carolinas, Robertson Wendt Disability—Finkel Law Firm LLC can assist you in getting disability benefits—and a return to more peace and self-sufficiency.

    Call us today at 843.605.5533.

    Qualifying and Applying for Disability Benefits in Florence

    Social Security pays monthly benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a health impairments. Key factors in qualifying for benefits include:

    1. Work history: To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must have worked long enough, and recently enough, paying into Social Security.
    2. Inability to work: Your medical condition must prevent you from doing the work you had been doing or any other type of job—because it limits your ability to do basic work-related activities for at least one year.

     

    Applying for SSD Benefits in Florence

    Filling out an application might not sound like a big deal, but is Social Security’s application process complex. If you fail to include a key piece of information or incorrectly answer a question, your application will be denied.

    The information you need includes, but is not limited to:

    1. Names and contact information of doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you and the dates of your treatment
    2. Names and dosages of all the medications you are taking
    3. Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers
    4. Lab and medical test results
    5. A summary of where you worked, the kind of work you did, and the demands of each job
    6. Your most recent W-2 form or federal tax return

     

    Social Security denies most (close to 80 percent) of initial applications for benefits.

    This is where getting help from an experienced Florence, South Carolina, disability attorney can make a big difference, not only in  reducing the amount of paperwork and legwork for you, but also in raising your chances of getting you the benefits you deserve.

    A lawyer who knows Florence and the communities around Florence will be in the best position to organize information from local health care providers and deal with local Social Security offices.

    It doesn’t cost you anything to talk to a Florence disability lawyer to get an idea of your next steps.

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    Were Your Benefits Denied? You Can Appeal Your Disability Denial in Florence, SC.

    If you end up in that majority of people who Social Security decides don’t meet the qualifications for disability benefits, you have the right to appeal for a different decision.

    You must submit a written request for an appeal in 60 days of the date you received their denial letter.

    The appeals process is much more complicated than applying in the first place. You need more evidence and proof. If you haven’t already talked to a disability attorney, now is the time.

    There are several levels of appeal:

    1. Reconsideration
    2. Hearing before an administrative law judge
    3. Review by the Social Security Appeals Council
    4. Federal court

    At any point in the process, having an experienced South Carolina disability lawyer on your side can make all the difference in reaching a more stable, better situation after health problems rob you of work and income.

    If you’re in or around Florence, board-certified Social Security Disability attorney Robertson Wendt and his team stand ready to help you with your Social Security Disability claim.

    There’s no attorney fee until you win benefits.

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