Seasoned Arkansas Social Security Disability Appeals Law Firm Fights For Your Claim
Helping you obtain the benefits you are entitled to receive
An initial Social Security Disability (SSD) denial is not the end of the road. In fact, you have several legal options still available. At Huffman Butler, PLLC our knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys know the ins and outs of the SSD appeals process and use them to your advantage.
Filing your application
You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take several months to find out if your application for disability benefits is approved. And if it’s not, our Social Security Disability lawyers in Arkansas can then get you on track for the SSD appeals process.
The application process involves a significant amount of paperwork, although much of it can now be completed online. In addition to submitting the application for Social Security benefits and the Adult Disability Report, you will also need to complete forms regarding your medical condition and your ability to work. Other required information includes:
- Your Social Security number
- Your birth or baptismal certificate
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals and clinics that have taken care of you and the dates of your visits
- Names and dosage of all the medicine you take
- Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers that you already have in your possession
- Laboratory and test results
- A summary of where you have worked and the kind of work you have done
- A copy of your most recent W-2 form or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year
The decision process
Once your application is complete, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates your eligibility for disability benefits. The process generally involves five main considerations:
- Are you working? If you are working and your earnings average more than a certain amount each month, you are generally not considered disabled.
- Is your medical condition “severe”? Your medical condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities — such as walking, sitting and remembering — for at least one year.
- Is your medical condition on the SSA’s List of Impairments? Your condition must be listed on the SSA’s List of Impairments that describes medical conditions considered so severe they automatically mean you are disabled as defined by law, or meet or equal a condition on the list in severity.
- Can you do the work you did before? Your medical condition must prevent you from being able to do the work you did before.
- Can you do any other type of work? If you can do other work, you will not be found disabled.
If your claim is approved, your monthly disability benefit is based on your average lifetime earnings. Your first Social Security Disability benefits are paid for the six full months after the date your disability began.
Benefits generally continue until you are able to return to work on a regular basis. The Social Security program also offers “work incentives” that provide continued benefits and healthcare coverage as you receive job training and transition back to work.
Contact a qualified central Arkansas and Saline County Social Security lawyer today
Determining if you are eligible for Social Security Disability often involves complex legal analysis. The seasoned attorneys at Huffman Butler, PLLC can provided trusted advice throughout the process. For a free initial consultation, call 501-315-5297 or book an appointment on our online scheduler.