Helping Disabled Workers Access the Assistance They Need
Illness and injury are a fact of life. If your health troubles make it impossible to work, our government offers two assistance programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, many individuals who are eligible for one of these programs struggle to get their claims accepted. If this has happened to you or someone you love, our experienced SSDI lawyers can help.
Ashcraft & Gerel offers free consultations and charges nothing up front because we realize finances can be tight for those in your position. Money should not be a barrier to getting the assistance you need. No matter your situation, our team is willing to work with you to find a solution.
If you are not sure what to do next, or whether you need a lawyer at all, we invite you to speak with one of our attorneys at no cost and no obligation. We can help explain your options and what Ashcraft & Gerel can do for you.
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Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI benefits are available to Americans who:
- Have earned appropriate “work credits,” as determined by your job history and the amount of social security taxes you have paid.
- Are under the age of 65.
- Have an injury, illness, or condition that qualifies as a disability.
- Are prevented from working by their disability.
Those who do not meet these requirements may be able to file for SSI. If you are not sure which program is right for you, our attorneys can help you determine your eligibility.
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Disabilities Covered by SSDI
To claim SSDI, you must also provide proof of your injury or illness and show that it is either expected to last at least one year or result in death. Conditions covered by SSDI include:
- Back injury
- Hearing loss
- Heart failure or coronary artery disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Vision loss
The program also covers certain neurological, mental, and other health disorders. You can find a full listing of impairments covered by SSDI online. Even if the condition you have is not listed, you may be able to qualify for benefits by showing your disability is similar to one that has been included.
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When to File an SSDI Appeal
Often, SSDI claimants have their initial applications denied. If this happened to you or a loved one but you believe you are eligible for assistance, our team can help you file an appeal. There are four levels of appeal a claim may progress through:
- Appeals council review
- Federal court
Typically, you are required to request an appeal within 60 days of receiving a decision on your case. If your claim has been unfairly denied, ask us how we can help you start your appeal right away. We do not want you to miss out on vital benefits because of a deadline.
You do have the right to file a new application at any time but doing so could stop you from receiving benefits that have been approved. Our team can evaluate your situation and explain the pros and cons of each decision.
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We Want to Help You
Every SSDI claimant has the right to representation in their appeal, and we urge you to take advantage of it. Navigating the government’s system and arguing against unfair assessments or finding administrative errors can be a difficult and time-consuming process. For disabled individuals, this burden often stands in the way of the financial assistance they need.
Ashcraft & Gerel is on your side if you believe you qualify for government benefits. We understand how the system works and are ready to tirelessly advocate for you. Whether your claim has been denied already or you are just starting the application process, ask us how we can help.