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Social Security Disability

Social security disability benefits are available to individuals who have are either permanently disabled or who are totally disable for a period of at least one year, or to minor dependents of the disabled person. When applying for benefits, it is critical to support all claims with medical records. You need to make sure that when you are filing for benefits that you list all your mental and physical problems what affect your ability to work. Jim Spears is an experienced social security attorney, who represents people applying social security disability benefits in upstate South Carolina and in Rutherford and Polk Counties of North Carolina.

Title II Benefits: They are based on social security taxes paid in from wages you have earned. If you have worked continuously for a long enough period you should be covered, but to determine how long your “insured status” runs you need to check with your local Social Security office. To get on SSDI under Title II you must be able to prove that you were disabled from any significant gainful employment before your insured status ran. If you are awarded only Title II benefits you would be awarded Medicare.

SSI Benefits are not based on Social Security taxes paid from your wages. The monthly benefits are lower than those under Title II. If you are found disabled only under SSI, you would be eligible for Medicaid.

When you suffer a disability that prevents you from being able to work, Jim Spears can help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve. Do not attempt to navigate the Social Security disability process without an experienced Social Security attorney.

As an experienced disability and SSI attorney, Jim Spears and his staff can assist you with all of the following:

  • Gathering medical documentation and evidence of your inability to work.
  • Filling out necessary paperwork for filing the various levels of appeal.
  • Appealing denied claims.
  • Representing you at your Social Security hearing.

In Social Security disability applications, there are no notice requirements, but timely filing is important. If you have had medical issues that prevent you from working, do not wait too long to file your claim. Normally, a judge cannot award disability more than a year prior to the date you file your application in Title II cases. In SSI cases, benefits cannot be awarded prior to the date of filing. If you are permanently disabled, you must file as soon as possible to protect your rights and claims. The process can take a up to three years from the initial filing to the hearing. Jim Spears is an experienced Social Security disability attorney who can help you win your case!

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Permanent Disability & Closed Period Disability

There are two types of disability filings: permanent disability and closed period disability. With plenty of experience in the Social Security realm, attorney Jim Spears can help you decide on the appropriate filing for your case.

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