An Overview of Social Security Disability
Experienced SSD and SSI Lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to people who have been unable or are unable to work as a result of a disability. This includes physical and emotional disabilities but the Social Security Administration has a clear and strict definition of disability. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are not available for all people with partial or short term disabilities and the majority of initial disability applications are denied.
Statistics show that people who file for Social Security disability benefits with the assistance of legal representation are able to win benefits more often than those who apply on their own. At Burke, Harvey & Frankowski, in Birmingham, Alabama, we provide assistance to people who need to file for disability benefits and people who have already had their initial applications denied. We can help you no matter what stage of the process you may be at. We will present doctor's reports properly and work hard to convince the Administrative Law Judge that our clients are entitled to receive benefits.
If you wish to file for Social Security disability benefits or if you have had your SSD claim denied, contact us at Burke, Harvey & Frankowski to speak with an experienced attorney.
Information Necessary to Apply for Benefits
If you are beginning the initial application process for SSD benefits, you need to apply as soon as possible after you become disabled. Applications can take up to five months to process, and if your initial claim is denied, it can take even longer to get your appeal heard.
By including information that the SSA needs with your initial application, you can generally speed up the application process and may improve your chances of approval. This information includes:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Names and contact information of doctors, hospitals and clinics that you visited
- Names and dosage information of any medicine you take
- Medical records from any medical care that you have received
- Laboratory and test results
- A summary of where you worked and the kind of work that you performed at your place of employment
- Your most recent W-2 form or your federal tax return for the past year
When you visit Burke, Harvey & Frankowski, our lawyers will help you prepare this information and will help you fill out any necessary forms about your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work.
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When you need help with your Social Security disability claim or need assistance with the application or appeals process, contact us at Burke, Harvey & Frankowski and speak with an experienced attorney about your situation. Schedule an appointment with us by sending us an e-mail or calling us in Birmingham, Alabama, at 205-588-4057 or toll free at 888-880-9046. If you reside outside of the state, we can take the information over the phone and submit it on your behalf.