Oklahoma Attorneys Help Social Security Benefits Claimants
Experienced counsel for disability and supplemental income
We mostly think of Social Security as a system for retirement benefits, but it also provides a safety net for disabled citizens, especially those who are at or below the poverty level. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons helps Oklahomans apply for benefits from two programs — Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — that are so vitally important to the quality of life of disabled Americans. Unfortunately, these federal programs come with miles of red tape. To ensure a complete application and to improve your chances of qualifying in a timely manner, it is important to consult a qualified attorney who is knowledgeable in this area.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability in Oklahoma
The Social Security Administration pays benefits to disabled Americans who have worked for about five years and have paid enough into the Social Security system (FICA) to be considered insured. To receive these benefits, you cannot be gainfully employed (though you may earn as much as $1,000 a month). You should apply as soon as a doctor tells you that you will be unable to work for 12 months or more due to a medical disability.
The application process is long, and almost everyone who applies for SSD benefits is denied at this first stage. You should contact an attorney to file a Request for Reconsideration within 60 days. Approximately 75% of those who apply for reconsideration are denied again. But don’t be discouraged, because the greatest mistake applicants make is failing to reapply within the required amount of time. Eventually, you may have to go to court for a hearing. An experienced Social Security attorney can help you get every consideration and can also evaluate your case for a personal injury claim.
Supplemental income for disabled adults and children
Supplemental Security Income is a benefit reserved for disabled persons who are at or below the poverty level. If you have not paid enough money into Social Security for a long enough period of time to be considered "insured," you may still be eligible for benefits under SSI. You might even be eligible to draw both SSD and SSI benefits. SSI is also available for a disabled child if the total income and assets of the family falls below limits set by the Social Security Administration.
Although you are not required to have an attorney, the sooner you retain capable legal counsel, the better your chances for a successful SSD or SSI application. Without a lawyer, you have to deal directly with the administrative law judge, the vocational specialist and the Social Security Administration. The surest way to get a full and fair hearing and all the benefits to which you are entitled is to have an attorney who understands Social Security regulations and is passionate about protecting your rights.
At Ryan Bisher Ryan and Simons, our senior partner, Philip D. Ryan, has personally handled over 2,000 Social Security Disability hearings, in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, and has the knowledge and experience to fully develop your Social Security Disability claim.
Work with Oklahoma City attorneys who have solid answers to your disability questions
If you’ve suffered a disability, don’t face the long and arduous SSD application process alone. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons has the knowledge, experience and resources to pursue your maximum Social Security benefits. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 405.528.4567 or contact us online.
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