The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be confusing and frustrating. If you suffer from a physical disability or mental disability that has impaired your ability to work, contact the experienced Laurel Social Security Disability attorneys at McGowan & Cecil, LLC.
We represent clients who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We also assist clients with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so we charge no fee unless we recover compensation for you.
To schedule your free consultation, contact our law firm in Laurel, Maryland at (301) 761-2007.
Eligibility Requirements for SSDI
To receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the requirements are as follow:
- A physical disability, mental disability or a combination of the two, that significantly impair your ability to work for at least a full year or which may cause death.
- You must also have a sufficient work history.
A physical disability may include an injury, cognitive impairment or illness that impairs your ability to work.
Common Mental Health Conditions Eligible For Social Security Disability
A mental disability that may be eligible for social security disability benefits, includes:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- And other mental health conditions that impact your ability to work.
People who do not qualify for SSDI may qualify for SSI benefits instead.
Can I Receive Social Security Disability for a Job Injury?
If you have suffered a serious injury through a workplace accident in Prince Georges County, you are probably receiving workers' compensation through the state of Maryland. However, you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, especially if you are in need of long-term care and are unable to work.
According to Social Security, unlike workers' compensation, the disability benefits program is designed to provide seriously injured workers with cash benefits that can help them meet their financial obligations. Workers' compensation can reimburse you up to a certain percent of your income but there may still be a gap that makes it hard for you to pay your bills. Social Security Disability can help you bridge this gap through benefits that are based on your work history.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you will need to show that you have suffered an injury that is on the agency's list of qualified disabilities. This can be done through doctors' reports and other medical documentation. You must also show that the disability is expected to last more than one year. If your application is approved, the amount of benefit you receive will be calculated with your work history record but the benefits cannot exceed the stated amount for the current year. Furthermore, your workers' compensation may also be reduced, depending on how much you are awarded by Social Security.
The exact number of people who receive Social Security Disability from a work-related injury is unknown but it is thought to be around 36 percent. Social Security pays out billions of dollars each year to disabled Americans and is the largest program for disability insurance.
Strong Advocacy on Your Side
Our Social Security Disability attorneys have more than 120 years of legal experience and have represented thousands of injury victims. As a personal injury firm, we have represented countless clients who have sustained disabling injuries that impact their ability to work, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and disk injuries.
By coordinating efforts in pursuit of maximum available compensation and benefits from all available sources, we believe we save our clients time and money. For example, medical records for one serious accident may cost up to $1,000 to procure. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, our lawyers and paralegals use a custom-designed process to efficiently handle personal injury claims and Social Security Disability claims alike.
Whether you were involved in an accidental injury or have developed a chronic illness or condition that prevents you from working, McGowan & Cecil, LLC will stand up for your rights and vigorously pursue the Social Security Disability benefits you are entitled to receive.
Schedule a free consultation with a Laurel Social Security Disability lawyer at our firm when you call (301) 761-2007 or complete our online contact form.
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