I receive many calls form people that are not sure what to do if your Missouri disability application was denied. The first thing is if your Missouri application for disability was denied or you’ve been denied SSI benefits, speaking with a Springfield Missouri disability lawyer or Osage Beach Missouri disability lawyer about filing an appeal is likely in your best interest. Whether you’re seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) it’s a good idea to speak a disability lawyer that deals with disability claims regularly. Not the lawyer’s staff, but the lawyer him or her self.
Do not wait. The day you get the denial you should be looking for a disability lawyer. Do not set it aside. You only have 60 days to file an appeal in Missouri or ask for a reconsideration in Arkansas or Oklahoma. The sooner you get a disability lawyer the sooner you can get the appeal process and the sooner your hearing will occur. This is not to imply in anyway that hiring a lawyer will “jump you in line” . If a lawyer or non lawyer representative tells you they can get you a hearing faster than others, get up and leave. (As much as you might want to believe that it simply isn’t true and is a ploy to get your case or convince you to fire your current lawyer)
Requirements for SSDI
To obtain SSDI, adult claimants need to meet certain health and work history requirements. For example, if you’re unable to work a steady 5 day a week, 8 hour a day job due to a physical or mental condition and you have or will be out of work for at least a year, there’s a good chance the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve you. Additionally, the SSA considers claimants’ work histories and paid taxes to determine if you are insured under the Social Security System. This has nothing to do with health insurance. See my previous post on this issue. Typically to be insured for full SSDI benefits you need to have worked and paid taxes for 20 out of the last 40 quarters and meet the SSA’s medical definition of disability. That works out to roughly 5 of the last 10 years of work and taxes paid.
Requirements for SSI
SSI differs from SSDI in that the applicant’s work history and taxes are not relevant but instead looks at the assets and the amount of resources a claimant has access to such as checking/savings accounts and property. You must still prove you are just a as disabled, but also with practically no assets or income.
If you have questions and need to speak with a disability attorney in Springfield Missouri or Osage Beach Missouri call us today. The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions about your Social Security disability claim.
People may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Missouri disability attorney, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to file your appeal or ask for a reconsideration if you live in Kansas, Arkansas or Oklahoma.
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