You would like to work again, but you can’t. You’re in pain, and living with a disability is difficult. Collecting the money you are entitled to shouldn’t be another hardship. You need a disability lawyer!
Whether you’re seeking Social Security Disability benefits or Long Term Disability benefits, the lawyers of Montagna Klein Camden can help. Our social security disability lawyers have been representing disabled individuals before the Social Security Administration for years. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we don’t get paid unless you win your case.
We handle all types of Social Security Disability claims, including:
Social Security denies the majority of initial applications, but many of these claims are accepted after either reconsideration or a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If you have already submitted your initial application and your case has been denied, our social security disability attorneys can help you with the appeal process.
The Social Security application and decision process has become increasingly complex as the definition of disability has evolved. Having the experienced Social Security Disability lawyers of Montagna Klein Camden on your side can make a big difference in winning your case.
We will explore every avenue of possible compensation. If applicable, our social security disability lawyers can help you with related claims such as Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury. That’s the law practice Montagna Klein Camden is known for.
Our social security and disability lawyers understand that the importance of your case lies not only in financial support, but also in the medical care you need, which may be provided by the Federal Medicare program after you win your case.
We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don’t get paid unless you win. We’re very confident in our ability to get you the benefits you deserve.
If you have a Social Security Disability claim or if your SSDI claim has been denied, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers of Montagna Klein Camden at 877-622-8100 for a free consultation to discuss your case. Time limits apply to filing a claim. Make sure you protect your rights — Call Now.
In general, to get disability benefits, you must meet two different earnings tests:
Certain blind workers have to meet only the “duration of work” test.
There are two ways that you can apply for disability benefits. You can apply at www.socialsecurity.gov; or call 1-800-772-1213, to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office or to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone. The disability claims interview lasts about one hour.
If you schedule an appointment, the Social Security Administration will send you a Disability Starter Kit to help you get ready for your disability claims interview. The Disability Starter Kit also is available online at www.ssa.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits.htm.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on business days.
You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take a long time to process an application for disability benefits (three to five months). To apply for disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security Benefits and the Disability Report. You can complete the Disability Report at www.ssa.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits.htm. You also can print the Disability Report, complete it and return it to your local Social Security office.
Other information needed includes:
In addition to the basic application for disability benefits, there are other forms you will need to fill out. One form collects information about your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work. Other forms give doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals who have treated you permission to send the Social Security Administration information about your medical condition.
The Social Security Administration reviews your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefits, checks whether you worked enough years to qualify, and evaluates any current work activities. If you meet these requirements, the Social Security Administration will send your application to the Disability Determination Services office in your state.
This state agency completes the disability decision. Doctors and disability specialists in the state agency ask your doctors for information about your condition. Using the medical evidence from your doctors and hospitals, clinics or institutions where you have been treated, they will consider all the facts in your case.
The state agency staff may need more medical information before they can decide if you are disabled. If more information is not available from your current medical sources, the state agency may ask you to go for a special examination. Social Security will pay for the exam and for some of the related travel costs.
Social Security uses a five-step process to decide if you are disabled.
Special Rules for blind people
There are a number of other special rules for people who are blind. For more information, ask for If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision—How We Can Help (Publication No. 05-10052).
The Social Security Administration will tell you their decision.
When the state agency reaches a decision on your case, Social Security will send you a letter. If your application is approved, the letter will show the amount of your benefit and when your payments start. If your application is not approved, the letter will explain why and tell you how to appeal the decision if you do not agree with it.
If you disagree with a decision made on your claim, you can appeal it. The steps you can take are explained in The Appeals Process (Publication No. 05-10041), which is available from Social Security.
You have the right to be represented by an attorney or other qualified person of your choice when you do business with Social Security. More information is in Your Right To Representation(Publication No. 05-10075), which is also available from Social Security.
Certain members of your family may qualify for benefits based on your work. They include:
If you are getting other government benefits, the amount of your Social Security disability benefits may be affected. For more information, you should see the following:
You must tell Social Security if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, are convicted of a crime, or violate a condition of parole or probation.