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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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Overcoming Hurdles of Proving Social Security Disability Eligibility

The long waiting times are partly due to how the SSA considers a “disability” in the first place. The Social Security Act identifies a disability if it renders a person incapable of working for at least a year and especially if that person is unable to find other work because of it. Death due to the disability is also considered. In addition, the Act doesn’t have any provisions for partial or temporary disabilities, which means that people incapacitated for six months or so are better off relying on worker’s compensation, veteran’s benefits, and the like. In addition to the strict requirements for Social Security disability eligibility, disability claims can be rejected due to other reasons, like if the applicant only listed various impairments instead of a main problem or if it’s discovered that he or she was able to go to work for a short time even with the disability.

Friday, August 22, 2014

SSA Problems Won’t Stop Your Social Security Lawyers From Helping You

For many years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has undergone many changes to better serve the American people. The most recent ones, which were enacted in 2011 and 2012, reduced the SSA’s workforce by almost 11,000 and its weekly field office hours by eight in an attempt to improve efficiency. Joe Davidson, writer of The Washington Post’s Federal Daily column, says that in the end, these changes only had mixed results: Seeing that the SSA now has even fewer resources to meet the needs of millions, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that applying for Social Security benefits is a lot harder today than it was before. All the more reason, then, for people to look for reliable Social Security lawyers, like those from Jan Dils Attorney at Law, who can help present their SSA applications forward and win the benefits they deserve.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Appeal that SSA Decision with the Help of a Lawyer

Getting disability benefits is supposed to make incapacitated workers’ lives easier as their disabilities inhibit their abilities to bring in income to the household. While every disabled worker should have access to this kind of government support, not all applications for claims filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) gets approved.

In fact, according to SSA statistics, 31 percent of over two million applications are technically denied by the government agency, while almost one million applications are further denied after passing through the agency’s 5 Step Evaluation Method. Of those denied, less than 500,000 people opt to appeal their case. The appeals process is relatively straightforward and can be done by the applicant himself. However, it is better that claimants seek the help of a qualified social security lawyer in organizing all supporting documents needed for the appeal.

Although statistics show that most unfavorable SSA decisions are ultimately reversed by a federal court, many disabled workers cannot afford to wait that long and, later in the appeals process, have their applications approved. It is better if one can successfully make his case and reverse an SSA denial at the first appeals process with the state disability determination services. Experienced lawyers who’ve represented countless disabled workers have the necessary knowledge to guide claimants in staging a well-documented and presented case. This increases the appellant's chance of a decision reversal during the very first stage of the appeals process.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Know Child's Eligibility for Benefits

If your child is 18 years old and below and diagnosed with a disability, he or she may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If approved, he or she may get monthly payments periodically adjusted to fit the cost of living. Note that these amounts vary by state.
First step of determining if your child qualifies is if the medical condition seriously limits him or her from performing regular activities. It's also important for the disability to have affected the child for one year minimum. After which, the state will assess the case for approval and look for validation if needed.
To speed up the process, it's best to bring additional records and evidence to prove your claim. If the state is still unable to make a decision, they might require your child to go under a series of tests.
If the child is entitled to work prior to application, his or her monthly earnings must not exceed $1,070 in 2014. Any higher will automatically regard him fit for self-support. If the child doesn't work and is still under the parents' responsibility, the family income will be the next basis. Getting approved can take three to five months and a favorable result isn't always guaranteed. This is why most seek help from social security disability attorneys to come up with a convincing claim.

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