Social Security Disability Lawyer Tampa, Florida
The Social Security system in America is designed to help individuals who cannot work or garner a consistent income live a complete life without financial worry. This includes retired persons, but it also extends to people who have disabilities that prevent them from holding a steady job. Social Security Disability benefits are largely determined on a case by case basis, but there are certain criteria that must be presented to the administration in order to receive disability benefits.
The Social Security program has somewhat of a strict definition of what determines if a person qualifies for these benefits. According to the administration, a person is considered disabled by their standards on three criteria. The first is if a person cannot do the same kind of work that he or she could do before. This is largely relevant if a person is injured in an accident and it causes the inability to work, or for a degenerative disease. The second criteria is that medical condition or injury prevents any other kind of work from being found.
The third and most important criteria is that the disability must have lasted or is expected to last for at least a year or result in the person’s death. This last stipulation is meant to rule out instances of short-term disability, which are covered under different government programs or employer’s insurance programs. While it rules out temporary injuries, it does include long-term problems, which are always the more financially stressful anyways. Note that all three of these criteria must be met in order for an individual to be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
When applying for Social Security benefits, it is important to be able to prove the disability, which shouldn’t be hard with doctor’s documentation and other relevant pieces of information. Even if the criteria is met, sometimes benefits are denied, however an appeal can be made to overturn this and try to win the benefits regardless. This is when you will want an attorney proficient in Social Security Disability law to help obtain the benefits that you need. At the Franco Law Firm, we believe that everyone who needs assistance should receive it, so we will fight with and for you to ensure that you get what you need to live a long, healthy life. For more information about how we can serve you in this way, please call (813) 872-0929.