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Milwaukee Social Security Disability Attorneys

Helping You Pursue the SSD Benefits You Need

Cooper Law Group is passionate about providing the best possible representation to our clients. If you are suffering from a medical condition that impairs your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has very strict guidelines for what constitutes a disabled person. Our experienced Milwaukee SSD lawyer can help determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits, and will tenaciously uphold your rights and interests throughout the process. As a small law firm, we are able to provide you with the individualized and effective representation you deserve

Am I Eligible to Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the following two requirements:

  • You must have worked long enough and recently enough in a job covered by Social Security
  • You must have a condition that meets meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability (see below)

The amount of work required to qualify for SSDI benefits is based on a credits system which changes each year based on your total yearly wages. The amount of work required to earn an SSD credit changes from year to year, though as of 2019, you can earn one credit for each $1,360 in wages earned up to four credits per year. Generally speaking, you typically need at least 40 Social Security Credits to qualify for SSD benefits, though younger workers may be able to qualify with fewer credits.

Learn more SSD eligibility and the application with Cooper Law Group. Call (414) 240-0795 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our social security disability lawyer in Milwaukee.

How Does the Social Security Administration Define Disability?

To satisfy the Social Security Administration's definition of disability and qualify for SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you need to meet several requirements. First, your medical condition must be severe in nature. The SSA wants to make sure that these benefits only go to those who truly need them. In this context, a severe condition is one that inhibits your normal everyday activities. Second, your condition must last for at least one year. Third, you need to experience physical or mental limitations that prevent you from returning to a previous job.

Our Milwaukee SSD attorney can:

  • Help you fill out and understand the necessary paperwork
  • Relentlessly protect your rights and interests
  • Ensure you are always up-to-date about the status of your case
  • Provide you with well-informed legal counsel at every step of the process

Understanding the Difference Between SSDI & SSI Benefits

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is designed to benefit disabled and blind persons who have made contributions to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) from their work earnings, or from the earnings of their parents or spouse. On the other hand, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to the blind, aged, and disabled persons who have limited resources and income. If your disability meets the SSA’s criteria listed above, and you have contributed earnings to FICA, you may be able to receive benefits through the SSDI program. We will discuss your options and help you file the necessary documents.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability

There are 4 steps when it comes to applying for social security disability benefits and it is the same for those applying for SSI or SSDI.

Filing an Initial Claim

You must first complete an initial application, which can be filed online, via phone, or directly to your local Social Security office. It is very rare for applications to be approved. If it is denied, your options are:

  • File a new Initial Claim
  • File a Request for Reconsideration
Filing a Request for Reconsideration

If your claim was denied, you have 60 days from the date of denial to file a Request for Reconsideration. Social Security will review your claim. If it is denied again, you may file a new Initial Claim or file a Request for Hearing.

Filing a Request for Hearing

If your Request for Reconsideration was denied, you have 60 days from the date of your most recent denial to request a hearing. You will receive a Notice of Hearing 30 days before your hearing date, which will take place before an Administrative Law Judge at your local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. At this point, it may be in your best interest to have an experienced SSD attorney by your side who can present and defend your case.

Appeals Council

After the hearing, you will receive a decision within a few months. If it is approved, you will get a Notice of Decision and a Notice of Award. If it is still denied, you can appeal the decision before the Appeals Counsel. If your situation comes to this point, it is imperative that you get a social security disability lawyer to advocate for you and start again by filing a new Initial Claim.

How Long Does Social Security Disability Take To Get Approved?

It typically takes 30 - 90 days to process a special security disability application. If your initial application is approved, it will take 90 days or less for Social Security Disability approval. However, if your claim is not approved, you may go through the SSD appeals process, which will take longer.

Things that can affect the processing time and approval or denial:

  • How long it takes your doctors to submit any requested records.
  • Whether or not you need to meet with a Social Security Administration (SSA) doctor.
  • Your state’s backlog of applications.

Reasons for SSD Claim Denials

It is estimated that 70% of all Social Security disability claims are initially denied. This could happen for a variety of reasons. If your disability does not meet the necessary criteria, you fail to provide relevant information in your claim, or you refuse to obey your doctor’s prescribed treatment, your claim may be denied. In addition, your claim may be denied if the SSA is not able to contact you. If your claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal and request a hearing. Our firm will represent you aggressively throughout the process as you seek the benefits you deserve.

Call Our Milwaukee Social Security Disability Attorney Today - (414) 240-0795

If you have become disabled, Cooper Law Group can provide informative legal guidance as you seek Social Security disability benefits. Our firm has extensive experience in this area of practice. We will answer your questions, help you file the correct documents, and represent you in the appeals process if necessary.

Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation with our SSDI attorney in Milwaukee. We are ready to guide you through every step of the process.


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  2. When you need us to travel to you, we will gladly do so.
  3. Our firm's boutique feel ensures that every client receives the personalized attention they deserve.
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