Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyers Whittel & Melton

Why You Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Pasco County

The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows certain individuals who have become permanently disabled or ill and are unable to work any longer to collect cash benefits before they can reach the age of normal collection of Social Security retirement benefits.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is designed to help those who have a medical long-term disability that prevents them from being able to work a regular 40-hour workweek. Another option available to individuals with very little household income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

SSDI payments are all based on a person’s age and their earnings before they were disabled. SSI payments are flat rates that usually adjust with the average cost of living. SSI payments can be reduced if another person is providing financial assistance to the person collecting benefits. These monthly payments can help with rent, food, utilities and the general cost of running a household.

Our Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage anyone who has contributed to the federal retirement and disability system to apply for SSDI and SSI benefits if they think they are eligible. If you have any questions about these programs we welcome you to reach out to us at 727-847-2299.

When To Call Us

Our Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help you when your application for SSDI or SSI benefits has been denied. The truth of the matter is that the Social Security Administration denies a large portion of initial applications. Sometimes these are done due to technical errors. The good news is that those applying have multiple opportunities to appeal any unfavorable decisions. However, the appeals process can be difficult and drawn out, which can lead to benefits being held up for an undisclosed amount of time.

Our Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the experience needed to help fight the unfavorable decisions made by the Social Security Administration. We can help you with your application process and offer you guidance and legal representation if your claim has been denied and you need to file an appeal. We know that this can be a time-consuming and discouraging process, but we encourage you to keep fighting. We will protect your rights at every stage of the process and work to get your benefits approved as soon as possible.

What Types of Social Security Disability Claims Are There?

The Social Security Administration has two categories when it comes to deciding who qualifies for benefits, and these categories are:

Physical disabilities: some type of injury or illness that prevents the individual from being able to work. This may include brain injuries, back injuries, chronic pain, cancer, etc.

Mental disabilities: any intellectual, behavioral, or emotional disorders that may prevent a person from collecting a regular paycheck. Certain disabilities that are covered are anxiety, depression, autism, etc.

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must show the following:

  • You are younger than your full retirement age
  • You have a medical disability that will keep your from being able to work for at least one full calendar year or longer
  • You are a U.S. citizen or have been authorized to participate in the Social Security program
  • You have paid into Social Security
  • You meet all the other necessary requirements outlined on the SSA website

In order to qualify for SSI benefits, you must show the following:

  • You are younger than your full retirement age
  • You are medically disabled in some way that allows you to collect SSDI benefits
  • You have little to no income
  • You have very few financial resources/assets
  • You are a U.S. citizen
  • You provide the SSA permission to go through your financial records from financial institutions
  • You meet all the other necessary requirements outlined on the SSA website

We encourage you to contact our Pasco County Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton today to find out if you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. We handle all types of SSDI and SSI claims and we have a proven track record of successful appeals for our clients. We want to help you recover what you are entitled to. Call us now at 727-847-2299 or contact us online to request a completely free and confidential consultation. We can help you anywhere in Pasco County, including Dade City, New Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Hudson, Holiday, Land O’Lakes, Trinity, Wesley Chapel, and Lutz.

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