social security administrationWhat is social security?

The defined term completes a degree of economic security that is handled by public funds. The social security administration that is discussed here is the government program that was established to provide resources towards disability, old age, as well for an income for disabled people or the elderly.  However, other types of social security disability benefits are available towards children, the blind, lack financial resources, and have not paid into Social Security.

That’s where the Cornett Law Office comes in. Social security disability benefits are not easy to obtain. For more than 30 years our Robert H. Cornett  has been helping disabled Kentucky individuals get the benefits they need and deserve. Disability benefits are available towards people whom have become permanently disabled or are unable to work for an extended amount of time. The available benefits include; SSD, Disabled Widow or Widowers beneifts, Disabled Adult Child benefits, Disabled Veterans and Supplemental Security Income(SSI).

These benefits provide financial help and support to people whom need  the vital and important resources from the physical or mental limitations preventing them from working. Although, obtaining disability benefits can be a confusing process and involves extensive paperwork, and applicants  who might  otherwise qualify  for these benefits often become discouraged by the lengthy process in the social security office.

Social Security Disability Basics

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, provides financial benefits to individuals who meet the federal government’s strict criteria for a permanent disability that prevents them from working. Often our clients have suffered severe injuries causing permanent disabilities that prevent them from returning to work. SSDI benefits are for individuals who have been paying into the Social Security system.

Other types of Social Security disability benefits are available to children, the blind, and those who are disabled, lack financial resources, and have not paid into Social Security.

You apply for SSDI benefits by submitting an application to your local Social Security Administration office.  If you meet eligibility requirements, your claim is then sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS), which will collect information from your doctors and other health care providers about your condition. You may be required to undergo an additional medical exam. Submitting medical records that support your claim is essential.

To qualify for SSDI, you must meet several criteria, including:

  • Being unemployed at the time of filing
  • Meeting the definition of “severe impairment” as defined by the Social Security Administration
  • Having an impairment of at least 12 months’ duration (or that you expect will have you off work for at least 12 months) or having an impairment which is a terminal condition
  • Inability to work at your former job
  • Inability to perform any other available work

Many claims are initially rejected, and applicants often  get frustrated and disappointed.  What most applicants  don’t realize, however, is that they have the right to request a “reconsideration” to have a claim reviewed again.  You are not required to have legal assistance, but consulting with an attorney can make the difference between an approval and further denials and lengthy delay.

Contact Our Kentucky Disability Lawyer about Your Legal Rights

For over 30 years, the Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyers at the Cornett Law Office have been successfully helping disabled individuals obtain SSDI benefits. Your next step should be to contact us for a free case evaluation.

If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with a disability claim, or if you have questions about appealing a denied claim, contact a Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyer today at 502-868-5300 or by using our online contact form.