Social Security Disability
Our Missouri Social Security Attorneys have represented thousands of clients in their Social Security Disability cases. Filing a claim for Social Security Disability can be a complicated confusing task. Below is some helpful information regarding a Social Security Disability Claim:
How does the Social Security Administration define “disability”?
Social Security has a very strict definition of “disability”. To be considered disabled in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet the following criteria:
- You cannot perform your previous occupation.
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
- Your medical condition(s) must last or be expected to last for at least one year and/or result in death.
If you expect to be unable to work for only a few months then applying for social security disability is not an option. However, if you are only able to work part time and earn under the amount Social Security sets each year, then that work is not considered substantial gainful employment and you may be able to apply for benefits. In 2023 if you earn $1,470 a month gross wages, then this would not affect a finding of disability.
There are two disability programs:
- Title II disability benefits – available to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes in the past.
- Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI) – available for disabled individuals who meet a need based criteria.
How do I Apply for Social Security Disability?
- The best way for people with access to the internet to get help from Social Security is online at ssa.gov. Their online services allow you to apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more.
- Complete your application online at ssa.gov/disability.
- Call the Social Security administration at 1-800-772-1213 – if you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call TTY 1-800-325-0778. (Mon-Fri between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
- Visit your local Social Security Office. Appointments are preferred for in person visits.
Contact our Missouri Social Security Disability Attorneys
In Missouri if you are denied it is very important you seek legal representation at a hearing as you have only 60 days to file an appeal. Because of the backlog on Appeals, you may wait as long as one year before a hearing date with an Administrative Law Judge will be scheduled. Sometimes cases can be expedited depending on the circumstances. The hearing office may ask if you will agree to a hearing using Video Equipment instead of an in person hearing with a local Administrative Law Judge. We recommend you object to video hearings. It is important to do so within 30 days of receiving notice. Please call our office for further instructions. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee of 25% of past benefits if you are found disabled. Our experienced St. Louis Social Security Disability Attorneys can evaluate your claim. Call Mogab and Hughes Attorneys at 314-241-4477.