Social Security is not just a retirement benefit. If you are unable to work due to an injury or illness expected to last for more than one year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits in Yakima, WA.
Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies many worthy claims when first filed, then denies them again upon reconsideration. After your claim goes through the initial determination and reconsideration phases, you must appeal any denial to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, where an administrative law judge will hear your case. Time limitations apply to each step and you should contact us to help you meet filing deadlines.
At this stage, many claimants seek legal representation. Entitlement to social security disability benefits is established in two ways, either under the “listings” or under the “medical-vocational guidelines.”
An experienced representative can evaluate your individual case facts to determine how best to achieve a favorable decision and then obtain the evidence needed to win. The presentation of the evidence to the administrative law judge is always crucial.
Our fees are contingent, limited to a portion of the past due benefits. You only pay us if we win your case.
If you’re seeking a qualified Social Security Disability attorney in Yakima, we’re here to help!
Call us today 509-457-7777 to schedule your free initial consultation.
How do I apply for disability benefits?
Apply online or in person at your local Social Security office. You can get a starter kit to assist you with what to expect as well as how to organize your information.
Will I receive Medicare benefits if I am found eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
Social Security enrolls you in Medicare after 2 years from your date of entitlement.
How does Social Security decide if I am disabled?
You must be unable to work due to a medical condition. Your disability must last or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.
Can I work and receive disability benefits?
Work incentives are available with rules to carefully consider. For example, a short work trial period exists wherein your benefits should not be interrupted even though you have a disabling impairment. If your earnings are considered substantial and your work continues after your trial period, your disability benefits may be terminated. Termination may become permanent after a specific period of time.
Will my workers' compensation benefits reduce my Social Security disability payments?
Possibly. Generally speaking, you may not receive more than 80 percent of your highest year’s earnings from the combination of Social Security and worker’s compensation benefits. Brumback & Ottem has an experienced Workers’ Compensation team to help address this issue if applicable.
How long does it take for Social Security to make a decision on my application?
The time varies, but the process can seem to drag on. Often a representative can help expedite your claim.