If you are an Arizona worker who cannot work due to blindness, illness or another disabling condition, the Law Office of Paul. J. Dombeck may be able to assist you in getting some financial relief through the Social Security program. Our Social Security Disability attorneys in Phoenix handle applications for federal government benefits that provide supplemental income to workers who have become physically unable to stay employed. We have extensive experience assisting clients with applying for and obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. From start to finish, we guide clients through the often intimidating process.
The specific amount someone receives when they are approved for SSDI benefits depends on a claimant’s age, the amount of money they have contributed to the system through payroll taxes and the level of their impairment. The maximum monthly payment for 2021 is $3,148, though the average payment for the approximately 5 percent of Americans who collect them is closer to $1,300. This amount can be affected by disability payments a recipient collects from other sources. We can help you find out how much your benefits would be based on the relevant factors. SSI monthly benefits are capped at $794 for single recipients and $1,191 when both spouses in a married couple are eligible.
Our attorneys want to take an active role in building your case, and offer personalized counsel on different eligibility standards for each program. Both Social Security Disability Income and Supplemental Security Income require applicants to demonstrate that they are not able to engage in substantial gainful activity for at least 12 months. Fourteen different classifications of impairments exist and we can outline the specific evaluation criteria relating to your particular condition. In SSDI matters, we determine if clients have accumulated sufficient work credits to establish coverage. For individuals and couples seeking SSI relief, our firm closely examines clients’ income and assets to assess if they qualify. Eligible recipients can collect SSDI regardless of their wealth.
Collecting benefits can seem like an uphill battle for unrepresented claimants. Our firm delivers strong advice and advocacy for Arizona clients, so you can count on us to complete the necessary forms accurately, gather the required medical evidence and help you deal with obstacles that might prevent your claim from being approved, such as an uncommon medical condition or documentation that cannot be located. We offer contingency fee arrangements with clients, meaning that absolutely no fees are owed up front, and you only pay if we are successful in winning your case.
There are both medical and non-medical reasons that the Social Security Administration gives when it rejects a claim. Though you are eligible for government disability programs even when the medical condition is pre-existing, many rejections are based on the fact that the reviewer believes the condition is not serious enough or that the claimant is not following the prescribed treatment. You might also be told that a key error or omission exists in the documents you’ve filed. Working with an attorney who has handled cases involving the denial of benefits in Arizona will give you an advantage as you seek to overturn the result.
Most applications for SSDI and SSI benefits are denied initially, and that’s when many people turn to an attorney. Our firm advocates for disabled individuals at every stage of the appeals process. In some cases, reconsideration of the claim conducted by a different reviewer is sufficient to have a denial reversed. If the decision stands, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, where we can introduce witnesses, produce medical evidence and advocate for a favorable result. Adverse ALJ decisions can be brought before the Appeals Council and, in rare circumstances, a claimant will opt to seek relief in federal court if the Appeals Council denies the claim.
The Law Office of Paul J. Dombeck PLLC in Phoenix represents Arizona residents in all types of Social Security Disability matters. To schedule a free initial consultation regarding your situation, please call 602-648-2035 or contact us online.