If you can no longer work because of a serious health problem that will last at least a year or is life-threatening, you may wonder whether you may be approved for disability. However, meeting the requirements isn’t easy, and several factors impact the Social Security Administration’s decision.
While every situation is unique, you are generally more likely to be approved for disability if:
- You can provide substantial evidence of a serious medical condition.
- You have an extensive work history and are no longer able to work.
- You had a physically demanding job and cannot switch to another line of work.
- You’ve been hospitalized and regularly see a specialist.
- You have an attorney representing you.
Even if some of the above statements do not apply to your situation, you may still qualify for benefits. One of our experienced Greenville Social Security disability lawyer can evaluate your case at no cost to you.
You Have Substantial Medical Evidence Documenting Your Condition
Having extensive medical documentation is key to getting approved for disability benefits. When we handle your case, we obtain all your medical records, test results, and statements from your doctors to prove your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
The more objective evidence you have from specialists and other sources, the better your chances of approval.
For a free legal consultation, call 864-235-0234
You Have an Extensive Work History
The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to see that you have consistently worked throughout your career until you became disabled. Having an extensive and steady work history shows you did not choose to stop working until your medical issues prevented you from being gainfully employed.
Our lawyers will work to demonstrate how your condition has worsened to the point where you can no longer work.
You Are Not Currently Working Due to Your Medical Condition
Another factor that is crucial to your disability application is that you are not currently working. The fact that you aren’t working will help establish that your impairments are severely limiting your ability to sustain full-time employment.
If your disability prevents you from continuing in your usual occupation, Social Security will look at whether you can transition to another type of work.
You Had a Physically Demanding Job and Are Unable to Change Careers
Our lawyers will obtain details about your prior job responsibilities and how your medical condition now precludes you from completing those tasks. This can be easier to prove if your occupation is physically demanding.
We will also explain why transitioning to a new, less demanding line of work is not feasible given your disability, education, age, and skills. For example, not having an advanced college degree or being over 50 could work in your favor.
Your work history, along with medical and vocational evidence, can be used to show that you can no longer be gainfully employed.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
You’ve Been Hospitalized and Regularly See a Specialist
If your medical records show hospitalizations related to your disability and ongoing care from specialists, this helps demonstrate the severity of your condition.
The evidence must show that you are doing everything possible to seek treatment and follow your doctor’s orders, but your health issues continue to prevent you from working.
An experienced Social Security disability attorney will highlight your medical compliance and treatment frequency when preparing your case.
You Have an Attorney Representing You
It’s not enough to tell Social Security that you meet their qualifications. You have to prove it. Hiring a lawyer boosts your odds of approval by helping you avoid mistakes in the application process. Our attorneys know exactly what kind of evidence Social Security looks for and will work with your doctors and other experts to obtain it.
If your initial application is denied, your lawyer will continue to represent you through the appeals process and at hearings. Having an attorney with you at a hearing also improves your chances of approval.
Our team relieves your burden so you can focus on your health while we fight to get you the disability benefits you deserve. Please keep in mind that if you have been denied disability benefits, you only have 60 days from receiving the denial letter to appeal the decision.
Free Consultation With a Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are in upstate South Carolina or western North Carolina, an attorney from Pilzer Klein can assess your situation and determine your best course of action. Unlike many other law firms that handle these cases, Social Security Disability is all we do.
Whether you are applying for disability for the first time or need to appeal a denial, our Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help. We offer free consultations to discuss your condition, the application or appeals process, and how we can fight for your benefits.
The sooner we can start your new disability claim or prepare your appeal, the sooner you can be approved for disability benefits. Contact us now so we can help get you the SSDI or SSI benefits you deserve.