Nearly 9 million individuals in the United States receive Social Security disability benefits. Many of these disabled workers were healthy and able to work until an unforeseen injury, illness or medical condition struck and limited their ability to earn a living. The federal government understands that a disability can keep you from working and supporting yourself and your family and provides assistance in the form of monthly financial benefits for individuals who qualify. If you have a disability that prevents you from working for a year or longer, you may be entitled to benefits. An experienced law firm can help evaluate whether or not you qualify.
Not every individual automatically qualifies for benefits. Several factors are taken into consideration, such as the type and severity of your medical problem, your age, your education level, your job skills, and more. Chewning Legal, LLC is experienced in helping determine if the facts of your claim entitle you to disability benefits.
It is important your application is accurate and complete. It will take Social Security 6 to 9 months to make a decision in your claim. The office that reviews claims filed by Door County residents – or any other Wisconsinite’s claim – is the Disability Determination Bureau in Madison. A high percentage of initial applications are denied. If you choose to appeal the denial, you must do so within 60 days. Chewning Legal can assist you from the start or during the appeal process. The second step in the process is called reconsideration. A different Social Security examiner will re-evaluate your claim. Chewning Legal can help develop your appeal by obtaining updated records and other evidence to strengthen your claim. Reconsideration decisions take another 6 to 9 months. Again, you have 60 days in which to appeal to the next stage.
If you are denied reconsideration, your case will be scheduled for a hearing. Many claims proceed to the hearing stage. If you live in Door County, your case will be heard at the hearing office in Green Bay. Often the judges appear from Milwaukee – or even further away – by video teleconference. Chewning Legal can provide the assistance you need at the hearing. We will again seek updated records and an opinion from your doctor whenever possible. Attorney Don Chewning will accompany you to the hearing and question both you and the vocational expert who will be present along with the judge. Unfortunately, the wait time for a hearing is approximately 18 months.
Again, most claims are denied at the first two levels of the claim. Hiring a law firm to represent you can make the process seem less daunting. If you are suffering from a disability that will prevent you from earning a living for a year or more, you should not delay in calling Chewning Legal. Our staff can consult with you over the phone to help determine whether you meet the standards for disability. Call us today. (888) 836-3456.