Dedicated Front Range Social Security Disability Lawyer Helps Clients Win
Strong counsel to help you get benefits when you cannot work for medical reasons
Employees who have contributed to the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) through FICA taxes for an extended time are entitled to benefits if they are unable to work due to an illness or injury. However, government errors and inefficiency often complicate the process, resulting in many initial claims being denied. At Mark C. Anzman, Attorney at Law, I help clients in Colorado and Wyoming to navigate this often frustrating process. Together, we can cut through the red tape and get the payments you need when you’re unable to work.
Assisting people in proving eligibility for disability benefits
I work with people for the entire SSD process, preparing the initial filings and any necessary appeals. Each action I take is designed to demonstrate your qualification for benefits under the elements reviewed by the Social Security Administration, or SSA, including:
- Work credits — The SSA grants work credits based on the number of years you were employed. Workers over age 31 need to have worked for at least five of the previous 10 years to qualify for SSDI. As a person ages, the number of total work years required increases up to a maximum of 10 for workers between 62 and 64.
- Age — You must be under 65 years old to receive SSDI benefits. After retirement age, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but those benefits are income-based.
- Medical condition — The SSA reviews your medical records to see whether your disability is on its list of disabling aliments. Your condition must be expected to last for at least one year and prevent you from gainful employment.
- Income — If your disability prevents you from performing your previous job but still able to do some other work, your monthly income must be under $1,130, if you’re disabled or $1,820 if you’re blind.
No matter what disabling condition you suffer, I know that each case is unique, so I take the time to learn every necessary detail about you and your claim to persuade the decision makers at the SSA that you deserve the benefits you’re seeking.
Knowledgeable legal advice on SSDI and SSI claims
People often confuse Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI, and Supplemental Security Income, SSI, but each has its own purpose and eligibility requirements. SSDI is a disability insurance program designed to replace wages of workers who have already contributed to the program through payroll taxes, usually over several years. Eligible applicants who satisfy the medical requirements are entitled to receive benefits regardless of other income or assets they might have. SSI is an assistance program to people who are struggling financially and cannot work due to age, disability or blindness. Unlike SSDI, one’s work history is not a factor for SSI but income level is.
Contact a Front Range Social Security benefits law firm for your free consultation
For legal advice on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits, contact Mark C. Anzman, Attorney at Law. You can call me at 866-688-1661 or contact me online.