At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we focus our legal practice exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities get the financial help they deserve from the government.

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits from either the Social Security Administration or from the Veterans Administration.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Social Security Lawyers: When Taking Benefits at 62 May be Smarter

"Sure, waiting it out until your full retirement age can boost the final payouts, as most financial advisors and accredited social security lawyers will attest. However, two key factors can play a role in making people decide to cash in early: physical health and life expectancy. The average life expectancy of a typical American is 79.8 years old; 77.4 for men, and 82.2 for women. Based on these alone, Americans might yet be encouraged to hold out until age 70 when benefits are compounded. Still, many Americans are claiming early because it is a form of paycheck for them that helps tide them over from month to month. A lot of Americans, too, find the financial landscape of Social Security too complex to figure out."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More Women are Seeking Eligibility for Social Security Disability

"Fast forward to 2012, and the statistics are still not showing signs of slowing down. Among women under age 35, 13.2 percent who were awarded disability benefits, received a diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders, outpacing male recipients who tallied at 11 percent. The largest recipients peaked among women over age 50. Should the unexpected happen to you or someone you know, whether you’re in your 30s or 50s, the fact is one can’t be too safe from getting ill. When you’re too sick to continue with gainful employment, consult with an accredited social security disability lawyer from firms like Jan Dils to help you out."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Possible Reasons for Social Security Appeals

You have the right to appeal the decision of the Social Security Administration. When you believe that you should have been approved for benefits or when you disagree with the amount granted, you can request the SSA to review your case. However, the appeal can only be processed if you send a timely, written request that states reasonable grounds and evidence--something you can do more effectively with the help of social security lawyers.
Here are some possible reasons for a social security appeal:

Impairment Classification
If your impairment was erroneously classified as “non-severe,” you can request the SSA to review your case. This request should be backed by medical records and physician statements that will clearly prove your condition meets the SSA’s criteria for “severe” impairments.

Review of Medical Evidence
When new medical evidence, such as diagnostic reports or scans, show that your disability significantly limits your ability to work, the SSA may reconsider. You can also appeal when the assessment of your case did not fully consider serious side effects of your medications.

Testimonies during Hearings

When the Administrative Law Judge did not give the appropriate weight to the statements of your main treating physician, the case can be reviewed. You may also appeal if the Vocational Expert’s testimony (that identifies the jobs you can do) was not based on the appropriate Residual Functional Capacity.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When Is Disability Benefit Application Denied?

Sustaining an injury that leads to a long-term disability is among the most depressing situations a person can find himself in. It could mean not being able to make a living for a long time, which would even be more devastating if the disabled person has a family to support. Fortunately, there are social security benefits intended for such a contingency.

However, there are occasions when claims for such benefits are denied. SSA authorities may deem a claimant ineligible for a number of reasons, two of which are discussed in the following paragraphs.

One of these reasons is when the applicant is found to still be earning more than the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit. The SGA is what the SSA uses to determine whether a person is incapable of providing for himself after the disability. The benefits increase as the applicant’s income decreases.

Another reason for a claims denial is if the disability is expected to end sooner than 12 months. A disabled person who will likely recover in less than a year, and thus may get back gainful employment within that period, could be deemed ineligible for benefits.

If you believe you are entitled to disability benefits despite a claim denial, it is best to immediately consult with a Social Security disability lawyer, who can advise and help you on what to do next. 

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