Obtaining Alabama Social Security Disability benefits is the same, in many ways, as obtaining SSD benefits in any other state. There are certain differences, however, largely in the appeals procedure, as well as the rates of approval and denial at the initial stage as well as at the appeals stage. The approval rate for an initial SSD application in the state hovers around 30 percent, although the approval rate for an appeal in the state of Alabama is a bit higher than the national average.
Many people take one look at the process for obtaining Alabama Social Security Disability, and, daunted by the red tape and paperwork, simply give up. The Huntsville Social Security Disability attorneys at Martinson & Beason understand how frustrating it can be when you are disabled and unable to work, yet are nervous about the SSD process, or have already been denied benefits at the initial level. Below are some of the ways a Huntsville SSD attorney can help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
- The fastest way you can receive SSD benefits is to have your initial application approved; if you have to appeal the decision, it can take a year or longer.
- In the initial application process, your Huntsville SSD attorney can assist you in filling out your application so that it clearly demonstrates that you are unable to work.
- Your attorney can help you gather the necessary medical evidence which will clearly prove your impairments are legitimate.
- Your attorney can speak to your doctor about the specific terminology Social Security looks for when making a determination on an application. If that terminology is medically relevant to your situation, this could improve your chances.
- If you have a terminal illness, your Huntsville Social Security Disability attorney may be able to make your case eligible for expedited handling.
- If your initial application is denied, your attorney can write the necessary letter requesting a hearing, and, if you are in a serious financial situation, your attorney may be able to write a “dire need” letter on your behalf, potentially getting your hearing date moved up.
- In the appeals stage, your attorney can prepare you for the questions which are likely to be asked of you at the hearing, can work with you to choose witnesses to appear on your behalf, and can prepare your witnesses as well.
You may have many questions associated with obtaining Social Security Disability benefits. Having an attorney on your side can greatly alleviate the stress associated with obtaining the benefits you are entitled to. Your attorney will know whether you are eligible for benefits, and, if so, possibly even the approximate amount you will receive if approved. Your attorney can also explain the accepted medical conditions required for you to qualify for Social Security Disability. These accepted medical conditions include the following:
- Autoimmune disorders such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis;
- Disorders of the cardiovascular system, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure;
- Disorders of the digestive system such as Crohn’s Disease, liver disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gout and ulcerative colitis;
- Disorders involving multiple body systems such as Lyme Disease;
- Endocrine system disorders such as obesity, peripheral neuropathy, neuropathy and diabetes;
- Genito-urinary disorders such as such as interstitial cystitis and kidney failure;
- Cognitive, psychological and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, alcohol or drug addiction, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, anxiety disorders, ADHD and schizophrenia;
- Bone, joint and tissue disorders such as arthritis, spinal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease, ruptured disc, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, fibromyalgia and scoliosis;
- Certain types of cancers (some may depend on how far the disease has progressed) such as adrenal cancer, bladder and kidney cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, lymphoma, mesothelioma, multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, stomach cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer;
- Neurological disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and seizure disorder;
- Vision or hearing loss;
- Chronic pain or chronic migraines and
- Respiratory disorders such as COPD, sleep apnea, asthma and emphysema.
At the law firm of Martinson and Beason, P.C., our attorneys understand that every Social Security Disability case is unique. We have the knowledge necessary to thoroughly understand your illness or disability, and have a goal of helping you get the benefits you deserve. In short, our attorneys will fight aggressively for your future. Our law firm has an impressive list of accolades to our credit, but we are especially proud of the fact that we have more fifty five-star Google reviews from our satisfied clients. We are a client-centered firm who believes you have worked hard in your life and you deserve Alabama Social Security Disability now that you are unable to work. We have compassion for your situation and the legal expertise to navigate the complexities associated with the SSD system. Don’t wait another day—call Martinson & Beason today for a free consultation.