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Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide financial help and support to people  whose physical or mental limitations prevent them from working.  It is a vital and important resource. However, obtaining disability benefits can be a confusing process and involves extensive paperwork, and applicants  who might  otherwise qualify  for these benefits often become discouraged by the lengthy process.

That’s where the Frank Jenkins Law Office comes in. SSD benefits are not easy to obtain. For more than 20 years our attorneys have been helping disabled Kentucky individuals get the SSD benefits they need and deserve. If you become permanently disabled or are unable to work for an extended period, disability benefits are available, including SSD, Disabled Widow or Widower benefits, Disabled Adult Child benefits, Disabled Veterans benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Contact our experienced Kentucky SSD benefits lawyers today at the Frank Jenkins Law Office by calling toll free at 859-389-9344, or by using our online contact form. Your initial consultation is free, and we don’t receive a fee until we successfully obtain SSD benefits for you.

We have been serving disabled workers for over 20 years in Lexington and the surrounding communities of Berea, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Paris, Richmond, Versailles,  and Winchester, as well as all of Eastern Kentucky. We can help you, whether you are just starting the process  of pursuing your claim, or even if you are appealing a denial of your claim.

Social Security Disability Basics

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, provides financial benefits to individuals who meet the federal government’s strict criteria for a permanent disability that prevents them from working. Often our clients have suffered severe injuries causing permanent disabilities that prevent them from returning to work. SSDI benefits are for individuals who have been paying into the Social Security system.

Other types of Social Security disability benefits are available to children, the blind, and those who are disabled, lack financial resources, and have not paid into Social Security.

You apply for SSDI benefits by submitting an application to your local Social Security Administration office.  If you meet eligibility requirements, your claim is then sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS), which will collect information from your doctors and other health care providers about your condition. You may be required to undergo an additional medical exam. Submitting medical records that support your claim is essential.

To qualify for SSDI, you must meet several criteria, including:

  • Being unemployed at the time of filing
  • Meeting the definition of “severe impairment” as defined by the Social Security Administration
  • Having an impairment of at least 12 months’ duration (or that you expect will have you off work for at least 12 months) or having an impairment which is a terminal condition
  • Inability to work at your former job
  • Inability to perform any other available work

Many claims are initially rejected, and applicants often  get frustrated and disappointed.  What most applicants  don’t realize, however, is that they have the right to request a “reconsideration” to have a claim reviewed again.  You are not required to have legal assistance, but consulting with an attorney can make the difference between an approval and further denials and lengthy delay.

Contact Our Kentucky Disability Lawyers about Your Legal Rights

For over 20 years, the Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyers at the Frank Jenkins Law Office have been successfully helping disabled individuals obtain SSDI benefits. Your next step should be to contact us for a free case evaluation.

If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with a disability claim, or if you have questions about appealing a denied claim, contact a Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyer today at 859-389-9344 or use our online contact form.