What it Means to be Disabled
With 25 years handling claims and appeals for disability in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing have a firm grasp on the key concepts necessary to achieve success in a Social Security Disability claim, including understanding what it means to be disabled in the eyes of the federal government. We can analyze your situation and advise on the merits of your claim. Moreover, our experienced disability benefits lawyers can take your claim through the process and maximize your chances for a prompt approval of your claim, so that you can begin receiving your much-needed benefits as soon as possible.
What Does It Mean to be Disabled?
In order to receive Social Security Disability (SSD), the Social Security Administration (SSA) must consider you to be totally disabled. The SSA provides some guidance about what it means to have a total disability: 1) you cannot do the work you did before, 2) you cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition, and 3) your disability is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. SSD is intended to apply to long-term disabilities only, so even if you are "totally disabled" for a period of several months, you still may not be eligible for SSD.
The actual determination of disability is a multi-step process, and at each step there may be issues subject to interpretation. For instance, SSA maintains a list of medical conditions that may qualify you as automatically disabled. But if your disability is not on the list, SSA must decide if your condition is of "equal severity" to a condition that is on the list. Resolving this question may require medical expert testimony and other evidence that must be carefully prepared and presented to achieve the best chance of success.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
The example above is but one of many challenges and hurdles that may have to be overcome in order to satisfy the SSA's definition of disability. For instance, you may also need vocational experts to testify that you are unable to work. At the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing, we have enough experience and expertise - from handling thousands of disability cases just like yours - to properly prepare your claim in a way that addresses the requirements of the Federal bureaucracy. If you have become disabled and feel that you are entitled to SSD benefits, contact the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing for a free consultation regarding your disability.