If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity, you may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) payments in Rhode Island. The Social Security Disability process is a complicated, drawn-out system where most first-time applicants are initially denied, regardless of the severity of their disability. Many claimants give up, believing that they are not eligible or cannot win.
Do not give up. This is exactly what the Social Security Administration (SSA) wants you to do. They are relying on you to take them at their word and walk away without questioning the decision. You have the right to challenge the denial of your claim, and there is a formal appeals process in place for you do so.
As complex as the initial application process can be, the appeals process can be even more so. Having an experienced Rhode Island SSDI lawyer representing you from the outset can help to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the benefits you deserve. From our offices in Providence and Middletown, the attorneys at Karns & Kerrison represent Rhode Island and Massachusetts clients in all aspects of the Social Security process.
Contact us today at (888) 281-3100 for a free initial consultation with our legal team.
Understanding the SSA's Approach to Benefit Claims
The SSA considers the term “disabled” to apply to anyone who has a medical or mental impairment that prevents them from performing any substantial gainful activity, could result in death, or is expected to last a minimum of 12-months’ time.
Applications, documentation, and appeals for Social Security Disability are all subject to strict guidelines and time limits for filing. Our knowledgeable Social Security disability attorneys in Rhode Island are well-versed in the systems and procedures used by the government for determining eligibility and payment to disabled persons. We have years of experience in filing SSDI claims, and we have secured favorable outcomes for claimants throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
How Do I Start the Process?
First, you will need to determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits in your state.
Some of the people who may apply for SSDI benefits include but are not limited to:
- Parents for children with disabilities
- Wounded warriors
- Disabled workers of all kinds and backgrounds
The office of Social Security Disability will require that you provide them with full documentation of all of your medical records. You will probably be required to have a special examination by a Social Security Disability-approved physician, and you will most likely need to file an appeal to the initial denial of your claim. Our firm can assist you with this entire process, including any appeals or hearings that may be required to see you through to the final conclusion of your claim.
One important note to keep in mind is that while Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are taken from a federal program, SSDI payments are taken from those payments made by employees into the Social Security system for disability and injury-related needs. If you have sustained an injury that has left you permanently disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for SSDI.
Learn more about filing a disability claim with our Social Security Disability FAQs.
Contact Karns & Kerrison for a Free Consultation
Contact the Social Security disability insurance lawyers at Karns & Kerrison for a free consultation and more information. We have offices located in Providence and Middletown for your convenience. Cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.
We can be reached online via our contact form or by phone at (888) 281-3100.
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