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Schaumburg Social Security Disability Attorneys

Schaumburg SSDI and SSI attorneys

Cook County Lawyers for Disability Benefits

For those who have experienced illnesses, injuries, or other health issues that have affected their income and their careers, disability benefits can be crucial. Social Security may provide benefits for people who are totally disabled and unable to earn enough income to provide for their ongoing needs. However, navigating the complexities of Social Security disability benefits can be daunting, and applicants may need to meet multiple types of complex requirements and respond to the denials of benefits.

At Grauer & Kriegel, LLC, our attorneys can provide guidance when addressing issues related to Social Security disability benefits, including appealing denied claims. We are dedicated to helping our clients secure the benefits they need so that they will be able to cover their ongoing expenses.

Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two programs designed to assist people who are disabled. Although both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, they serve different purposes and have distinct eligibility requirements.

SSDI benefits may be paid to people who have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits and have paid into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. The amount of benefits paid to a person who qualifies for SSDI will be based on their earnings during their career.

In contrast, SSI serves people who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits are not based on a person’s work history. Instead, they are based on financial need, and they may be available to younger people with limited work experience or others who do not own extensive assets and have a limited ability to support themselves.

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

To qualify for SSDI or SSI, a person must prove they are "totally disabled" according to the Social Security Administration. This means the disability must be severe enough to prevent them from earning a sufficient income, and a person’s physical or mental condition must be expected to last for one year or more or will eventually lead to the person’s death. A person may be considered disabled if they are unable to maintain “substantial gainful activity,” meaning that any income they earn is below a certain threshold.

Some examples of conditions that may allow a person to receive Social Security disability benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, or epilepsy
  • Immune system disorders, including HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Mental disorders, including severe depression or anxiety, schizophrenia, or autism
  • Musculoskeletal problems, including back injuries and other severe joint or bone disorders

How an Attorney Can Help With Social Security Disability Applications and Appeals

Applying for SSDI or SSI can be an overwhelming process due to the detailed and specific information required. Our attorneys can help by ensuring that all necessary medical documents and evidence are gathered, accurately completing application forms, and submitting them within the applicable deadlines. We can help articulate the extent of a disability and its impact on the applicant’s ability to work, increasing the likelihood of approval.

Unfortunately, many disability claims are initially denied, often due to insufficient documentation or failure to meet the strict definitions of disability. Our attorney can provide representation when appealing denied claims. This process may involve several stages, including requests for reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative law judge, review by Social Security’s Appeals Council, and resolving a case in federal court. We are skilled in preparing and presenting cases at hearings, and we argue on behalf of our clients to demonstrate that they qualify for disability benefits.

Contact Our Schaumburg Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers

At Grauer & Kriegel, LLC, we understand the critical importance of disability benefits for clients who have experienced conditions that affect their ability to earn an income. Whether you are applying for disability benefits or need to understand what to do after benefits have been denied, our attorneys can provide you with the legal support you need to navigate concerns related to Social Security disability benefits successfully. Contact us at 847-240-9010 to arrange a free consultation and begin taking steps to secure the benefits you deserve.

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