Social Security in America is a system that acts as a safety net for all citizens of the United States. In addition to retirement benefits, those who are disabled, dependent for support upon someone who receives social security income, and those who are a widow, widower, or child of someone who has died are eligible for benefits - if they meet the requirements. Whether you are entitled to benefits depends on if your circumstances satisfy the system's requirements. Today, more than 44 million Americans collect some kind of social security benefit.
The basic structure is that when you work, you pay into the system. After you've paid into the system - when you retire or become disabled - you, your spouse, and your children can receive monthly benefits.
On business days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., you may speak with a service representative at the Social Security Administration by calling 1-800-772-1213 - and information is available over this toll-free line on a 24 hour a day basis if you call from a touch-tone telephone.
One of the first questions you will be asked is, "What is your social security number?" - so have it handy when you call. The Social Security Administration advises that the busiest times for this telephone line are at the beginning of each week and the beginning of each month.
If you prefer to deal directly with them, the Social Security Administration has about 1,300 offices throughout the United States which you are invited to stop by for a visit.
Social Security claims can be awarded on the basis of a single impairment (either physical or psychological) or a combination of impairments. In some cases, vocational factors such as age, education, and work history are important.
Do I Really Need An Attorney To Help Me With A Claim?
Social Security personnel are specifically trained to answer this question "NO." This is because you can represent yourself if you choose so you don't NEED an attorney to proceed. If you were to rephrase your question and ask: "Will an attorney be helpful to my claim?" or "Are my chances of winning better if I hire an attorney than if I do it on my own?" the SSA personnel are specifically trained to answer this question as well. The response: "We cannot answer that."
But Here Is What You Need To Know:
Across the country people that have attorneys in these situations win more often than people that don't. It's just that simple.
Who Decides If I Am Disabled?
After your application is complete, the Social Security office will review it to see if you meet the basic requirements for disability benefits. They examine whether you have worked long enough and recently enough, your age and, if you are applying for benefits as a family member, your relationship to the worker.
The office then will send your application to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in your state. The DDS will decide whether you are disabled under the Social Security law at the first two stages…Application and Reconsideration. After that, an appeal removes your claim from the State Agency and it is assigned to a Federal Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Hearings and Appeals.
For more information on how Cliff Hill can help you with your Social Security claim call him today at 256-534-4502 in Huntsville, 256-233-3328 in Athens or toll free 877-534-4502.