Are you dealing with a disabling physical or mental condition that prevents you from working? You may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is one of the two disability programs managed by the SSA. A federal needs-based program, SSI is designed to provide financial support to disabled individuals with little income and resources.
Unfortunately, seeking SSI benefits can be easier said than done. The application process is often long, challenging, and requires a lot of paperwork. Our Oklahoma City disability lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill understand the complex Social Security system and have years of experience helping disabled individuals and their families obtain the disability benefits they deserve. We may be able to help you too! Call us today to find out how.
Need Help Applying for SSI Benefits?
While applying for SSI benefits can be difficult, getting help from our law firm isn’t. Our experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and help you navigate the legal process. Below are just a few benefits of having The Wolf Pack at Colbert Cooper Hill handle your SSI case:
We Make it Easy
As you may have already realized, applying for disability benefits can be confusing and time-consuming. Our attorneys will do everything in our power to make this difficult process as easy as possible for you!
We’ll Fight for Your Benefits
Life with a disability presents many challenges, but obtaining the SSI benefits you deserve shouldn’t be one of them. Our legal team can fight for the benefits you need!
No Hidden Fees
We strongly believe that everyone should have access to quality legal representation. That’s why we work on a contingency-fee basis. This means you never have to worry about hidden fees or hourly expenses. In fact, we won’t get paid a penny unless we win for you!
We Understand This Is Confusing
From attending doctor’s appointments to filling out the mountains of required paperwork, applying for SSI benefits takes time. What’s more, the SSA has many strict rules and regulations that must be followed. Whether you’re applying for benefits the first time or need to appeal a denied claim, we know how challenging this process can be, especially when you’re already suffering from a disabling medical condition.
Our Oklahoma City disability lawyers are here to take on this burden for you. We know the ins and outs of the application process for SSI and will help you gather all the necessary pieces for a successful claim. All you have to do is call us so we can start reviewing your claim. If we believe you’re entitled to disability benefits, we’ll take it from there!
Am I Eligible for SSI Benefits?
In order to receive SSI benefits, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s eligibility requirements. If you fall under one of these categories, we may be able to help with your claim:
- You are under 65 and unable to work due to a qualifying disability.
- You are blind, according to the SSA’s standards.
What Does the SSA Consider to Be a Qualifying Disability?
If you are under the age of 65, you must have a qualifying disability that prevents you from working in order to receive SSI benefits. In other words, your condition must meet certain requirements in order to be considered ‘disabling’ by the SSA.
What Are the Requirements?
- Your disability prevents you from performing any substantial gainful activity. This means that you’re unable to do any work at any job.
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last at least a year or result in death.
When reviewing SSI claims, the SSA is notoriously strict. To determine if you have a qualifying disability, a claims examiner will likely use the SSA’s Blue Book. This book lists the impairments that the SSA automatically considers to be disabling. If you don’t see your disability listed in the Blue Book, the claims examiner will evaluate your residual functional capacity (RFC) to determine whether or not your disability qualifies for benefits.
Your RFC is essentially an assessment of the nature of your disability and how it affects your capabilities. A claims examiner will be looking for significant evidence of exactly how your condition limits you before deciding it’s a qualifying disability and approving your claim.
What Happens If My Claim Was Denied?
If your application for SSI benefits was denied, don’t worry. It doesn’t always mean that you aren’t entitled to benefits. In fact, many people’s initial applications are denied and they’re still able to receive benefits through the appeals process.
After receiving notice of a denial, you will have the option to file a request for reconsideration with the SSA, essentially asking them to reconsider your application. Many times, claims are denied simply because a form was filled out incorrectly or the applicant didn’t provide enough medical evidence. You may add any missing documents or fix any problems with your initial application during the request for reconsideration.
If your claim is denied a second time, you may appeal at further levels. We highly recommend consulting our knowledgeable disability attorneys for help with appealing a denied claim.
Get Help Today
For the best chance of approval during the initial application process or through an appeal, it’s best to give our Oklahoma City disability lawyers a call. We know what the SSA is looking for and can help you avoid the common mistakes claimants make that lead to denials. What’s more, we’ll do everything we can to make this long, difficult process as easy as possible for you.
Whether you live in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, or anywhere in the great state of Oklahoma, our legal team at Colbert Cooper Hill is dedicated to helping our clients receive the SSI benefits they need. Let us handle the hassles of your claim. Call us today to schedule a free consultation!