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Do you suffer from a disability that prevents you from making a living? Social security may be the solution. If you have been turned down for social security benefits, or if you have yet to apply, an experienced Alamo social security attorney can increase your odds of qualifying. Contact an experienced Alamo social security attorney today to learn more. Start by filling out the form on this webpage.
The SSI and SSDI system: a real safety net
The vast majority of the initial applicants are denied social security benefits: generally, between 65% and 70%. Qualifying for social security benefits requires proof of your disability. Experienced Alamo social security lawyers understand how to present your evidence in the most favorable light. For many, losing their social security claim has devastating consequences. Those who are disabled who do not have an alternative source of income potentially face homelessness. The SSI and SSDI systems provide monthly payments from the federal government for our most vulnerable citizens. These payments can cover the cost of living, and in some cases the SSI and SSDI systems also provide medical coverage.
How do people afford to pay qualified Alamo Social Security lawyers?
Because the people who need a social security lawyer usually do not have a source of income, social security lawyers structure their fees to make their services affordable. The reason why: you do not pay a Social Security lawyer unless he or she wins your claim. That means they only get paid if you get paid. Section 406 of the Social Security Act states that social security attorneys can only make the following: the smaller amount of (1) 25% of back pay awarded to you, or (2) $6,000 total. The social security administration has to approve the amount of the attorney fees at the time you are awarded your benefits. By filling out the questionnaire on the site, an experienced Alamo Social Security attorney will contact you.
Learning about the SSI and SSDI programs
When people refer to social security disability: they may either be referring to SSDI or SSI (Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income). Both programs are federal programs. Both programs provide benefits to disabled people who cannot work (for at least one year). They do have some important differences though. Its important to understand which one you may qualify for.
What is the Standard for Disability in Alamo, Texas? - To receive disability benefits for Social Security Disability you must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.
- The term disability is that you are unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” [SGA] because of a medically physical or mental impairment which has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months, or is expected to result in your death.
- If you are working in or around Alamo, Texas is that a factor? - If you are working in Alamo and performing SGA, then you are considered able to work and not disabled. In 2012, the SGA limit is $1010 (after taxes) per month. If you earn more than $1010 per month, you are probably not eligible, unless there are special circumstances;
- Do You Have a Severe Impairment? - You must have a medical problem which significantly limits your physical or mental ability to perform basic work activities. The impairment must be expected to last for 12 months or end in death;
Does Your Medical Condition Match One of SSA’s Listed Impairments? - SSA has a list of medical conditions ["Listing of Impairments."] that describes medical conditions so severe that SSA considers people who have the conditions disabled;
If your condition does not meet or equal one of the conditions in the Listing of Impairments, then you must ask:
- Despite Your Medical Condition, Are You Able to Do Work You Did in the Past? - SSA determines what you are able to do despite your medical condition. This is called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). SSA compares your RFC with the physical and mental demands of your past jobs. If you are physically and mentally able to do a job that you have held within the last fifteen years, then SSA considers you "not disabled." However, if you are not able to perform any of your past jobs, then ask:
- If your condition does not meet or equal one of the conditions in the Listing of Impairments, then you must ask:
- Despite Your Medical Condition, Are You Able to Do Other Work? - If you cannot perform your past work, then SSA decides whether you are able to perform other types of work.
Can Children in Alamo Qualify for Disability Benefits? Yes, but What is the Criteria?
Financially needy children under age 18 who have serious medical conditions may be eligible for Children’s SSI. A child is disabled for SSI if the child is not working and earning more than the SGA level and has a medical condition or combination of conditions that cause "marked and severe functional limitations." Medical evidence documenting the child’s medical condition is essential.
SSDI - Contact an experienced Alamo Disability Insurance Attorney Now
If you have a work history of paying into social security, you may be eligible for SSDI payments. SSDI is a natural insurance program that pays those who are disabled and have a qualifying work history (the duration of your previous work depends on your age). SSDI recipients may also qualify for Medicare. Learn more by contacting an experienced Alamo SSDI attorney.
SSI – Work with an experienced Alamo Disability Attorney
Unlike SSDI, you do not have to demonstrate a work history to be eligible for SSI. To qualify for SSI, you must suffer from a disability that prevents you from working for a year or more, and make less than a minimum threshold of money. SSI checks are paid monthly. In addition, you may be eligible for more money from your state, Medicaid, and food stamps. Call your Alamo SSI lawyer for more details.
The process: Application to appeal - Alamo Disability Appeals Lawyer
You can apply online, in person, or over the phone for social security. You will be prompted to fill out a series of questions that require you to substantiate your disability. You can have your case reviewed by an appeal panel if you are initially denied social security benefits.
Local SSA Office
Social Security Office
3004 N McColl Road
McAllen, Texas 78501
Low Cost Hospitals
Nuestra Clinica Del Valle
1500 W 1st Street
Mercedes, Texas 78570
Nuestra Clinica Del Valle
330 W Dawes
Alton, Texas 78572
Rio Grande Regional Hospital
101 East Ridge Road
McAllen, Texas 78503
South Texas Health System
301 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, Texas 78503
LifeCare Hospitals of South Texas
2001 South M Street
McAllen, Texas 78503
Knapp Medical Center
1401 East Eighth Street
Weslaco, Texas 78596
Alamo social security lawyers serve clients throughout Southern Texas, including Alamo, Alton, Citrus City, Combes, Doffing, Donna, Doolitte, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, Granjeno, Harlingen, Hidalgo, La Horna, La Joya, La Villa, Lopezville, Lull, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Olivarez, Palmhurst, Palmview, Pharr, Progreso, Raymondville, San Juan, Sullivan City, Weslaco and other communities in Hidalgo County.