Social Security & Disability Attorney

Shreveport, LA

Social Security and Disability Attorney

Your Choice in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana

When you’re elderly or disabled, earning income to support you and your family can be a challenge. Some may be demoted to lower-income jobs, and others may not be able to work at all. Fortunately, those who qualify can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits.

The Social Security Administration of the United States government handles all matters involving both. However, the SSA oftentimes denies benefits for people who truly need and depend on them to live. If you live in Shreveport, Bossier City or the surrounding areas and you have been denied benefits through the SSA, Attorney Josh Clayton can help you file an appeal.

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Do I Qualify for Social Security & Disability Benefits?

In order to qualify for SSDI, you have to have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Also, you must have a qualified disability that has prevented you to work for at least a year. Your qualification also depends on how long you have worked in jobs covered by Social Security.

 

For each year you work, you receive credits based on the amount of income you earn. An employee can receive up to four credits per year. The amount of income per each credit varies each year, and the amount of credits you need to qualify for SSDI benefits varies by your age. Attorney Josh Clayton can assist you in figuring whether you qualify.

 

In order to qualify for SSI, you must be 65 years old or older, blind or disabled. In addition, you must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Limited income and resources
  • A United States citizen or qualifying alien
  • Live in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Not absent from the country for a full month or 30 consecutive days
  • Not confined to a government-funded institution, like a hospital or prison

 

Other requirements are necessary as well. Shreveport Bossier City Attorney Josh Clayton can help you figure whether you qualify for SSI. To check out a detailed source for SSDI and SSI, click here.   

What Is the Appeal Process for Social Security & Disability Benefits?

If you live in Shreveport, Bossier City or the surrounding areas and you have been denied SSDI or SSI benefits after you have applied, Attorney Josh Clayton can help you navigate the appeal process. Check out the following steps below to gain understanding of the levels of appeals.

 

  • The first level of the appeal process is reconsideration. An individual who did not review your application the first time will review it. You are not required to attend the review, but if you wish to speak to the SSA in person to explain your disability, you may.

 

  • The second level of the appeal process is a hearing by a judge of administrative law. A judge who had no part in the original decision of your application will decide whether to reverse the previous denials or allow them to stand. You will most likely be required to attend the hearing to answer questions.

 

  • The third level of the appeal process is an Appeals Council review. The Council will review your case and either make a decision itself or send it back to a hearing by an administrative law judge.

 

  • The fourth level of the appeal process is a federal court review. Your case will simply be reviewed in federal court if your benefits are still denied by the Appeals Council.