social_security_disabilityUnderstanding the SSD Process

If you or a family members suffers from a disability or impairment that does not allow you to work, you should be able to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. These benefits are in place to help you afford the basic necessities and pay for your medical expenses. While these benefits are designed to help individuals who are truly disabled, the system can be very difficult to navigate and has a high denial rate. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is very selective and the guidelines in place to approve an individual’s request for SSD benefits are very strict, making the process of receiving disability benefits challenging for many. In order to increase your chances of approval and ensure you meet all the required guidelines, it is a good idea to enlist in the services of an Oklahoma SSD attorney at Atkins & Markoff. The SSD process is highly complex, which means the risk for denial is great. Our Oklahoma City attorneys understand the system and are prepared to work with you and ensure you provide all the necessary documents and meet all the guidelines.

How To Qualify for SSD Benefits

Qualifying for SSD benefits can be very difficult, which is frustrating for people who are truly in need of the assistance. There are numerous guidelines and restrictions in place that all applicants must meet in order to receive medical benefits and financial assistance. The following are the most important criteria considered during the SSD benefits evaluation process:

    • Your work credit history
    • The nature of your disability

Additionally, the SSD office requires that all applicants must have had taxes taken out of their work wages for a certain amount of time in order to qualify for disability benefits. An Oklahoma disability attorney at Atkins & Markoff will be able to explain this requirement to you and look at your work history and determine whether or not you have worked long enough and have paid enough to be eligible for SSD benefits. Other requirements that are taken into consideration before you are approved or denied SSD benefits include the following:

    • You are unable to do the work you did prior to your disability
    • You are unable to adjust to other work; and
    • You are suffering from a condition / disability expected to last at least one year

It is important for you to contact a disability attorney before you complete the application process, as it can be very complicated and requires a lot of knowledge and attention to detail. The application itself can be obtained online or at your local SSA office. To make sure you properly filled out the application and it is free of errors, be sure to consult with an attorney at Atkins & Markoff.

The Appeals Process

As mentioned, a large majority of SSD cases are denied, which means the appeals process is one that many applicants must face. Because being awarded benefits that will help with your medical expenses and financial needs is crucial, it is extremely important for you to enlist the assistance of a qualified Oklahoma disability attorney. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our experienced attorneys have worked numerous disability cases and have assisted individuals during many different stages of the appeals process, such as the following:

    • Request for reconsideration
    • Hearing appeal
    • Appeals council
    • Federal court review

Regardless of the area in which you are located and have received a denial for your SSD benefits request, out Oklahoma City attorneys is here for you. We obtained a great deal of knowledge surrounding disability benefits and the appeals process and are prepared to fight for you.

Contact Atkins & Markoff Today

Our law firm represents a wide range of clients throughout Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, and the surrounding area. We offer a free consultation where we will meet with you and go over your case in detail. We understand the importance of receiving your SSD benefits, which is why we are committed to conducting in-depth research and building a strong case that will have your denial overturned. Whether you need help filling out your SSD application or would like to file an appeal, contact Atkins & Markoff today so we can get started!