Injury and illness can strike when you least expect it, causing many financial complications in your life. Even the hardiest working, healthiest individuals may suddenly find themselves unable to work due to an accident or other physical injury, or because of mental health disorders. Fortunately, the Social Security disability/SSI programs are in place to help those who can no longer work to help themselves.
In order to receive benefits, you must meet certain criteria. First, your disabling condition must be expected to last a year or longer. Second, you must no longer be working on a full-time basis. Third, you must prove you cannot return to your past jobs, or other less exertional jobs, dependent upon your age. Individuals over age 50 are given special consideration with regard to their vocational skills, education level and trainability. Chewning Legal and its experienced staff can evaluate your case and advise if you meet the standards for Social Security disability. If we feel you do, we can assist you from initial application all the way to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
Applying for Social Security disability is lengthy and often times results in two denials. A high percentage of initial applications are denied. However, this does not mean you will not be found disabled at a later stage of the three processes.
Every denial must be appealed within 60 days. After your appeal is filed, Social Security must be informed of new treatment and limitations since its last review of your case. If your case proceeds to the hearing level, you will be questioned by a judge and your case will be evaluated by a vocational expert. As part of the greater Milwaukee area, West Bend and Washington County are served by the Milwaukee hearing office – the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Chewning Legal can assist you in meeting the deadlines and supplementing your claim with new evidence. Attorney Chewning will assist you at your hearing by arguing your case, presenting evidence on your behalf, and cross-examining any expert witness called by the judge.
Even if you are denied at the hearing stage, Attorney Chewning may select your case for further appeal to the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia, or even beyond that to the federal district court in Milwaukee.
If you have any questions about Social Security disability benefits or have been denied benefits, your first call should be to Chewning Legal. We are committed to helping residents in and around the West Bend area so that they can receive the benefits they deserve. Call us for a phone consultation today. (888) 836-3456.