We are one of the top-rated Indianapolis disability attorneys Hoosiers call on to help them obtain the Social Security benefits they deserve. And whether you're seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), our experienced attorneys and professional staff are capable of walking you through either program.
There are several factors to consider when hiring a law firm to help you obtain disability benefits, but it's our belief the most important of these is whether or not your attorney maintains a specific focus in this area of law and is able to offer you "full-service representation." Here are the top 5 requirements to get your disability benefits.
Full-Service Indiana Social Security Disability Lawyers Here to Help You Get the Benefits You Need
In addition to the first-time callers we speak to about disability benefits, Keller & Keller also receives a number of calls from people who tell us that they need help at every level of the Social Security disability process.
Providing our clients legal representation throughout the entire disability process is our pledge toward full service representation.
“Our disability lawyers emphasize early development of your claim with the goal of resolution before an administrative hearing becomes necessary.”
However, if there is a hearing, our lawyers will argue your case in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and if needed, will take your claim to the Federal District Court. In fact, we handle federal appeals for both Social Security and Long-Term Disability Cases.
First-Time Application Denials
Being denied benefits is undoubtedly frustrating, but it's not uncommon. In fact, a large percentage of people who file for disability benefits in Indiana have their initial applications refused by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This means people unable to work because of serious illnesses and/or physical limitations may be unable to get necessary medical care related to their disability.
The high number of denied applications can be attributed to the SSA increasingly tightening their definition of what qualifies as a disability, as well as their attempt at lowering the number of fraudulent claims submitted by people who don't have legitimate disabilities.
SSA's Definition of "Disability"
The SSA defines a disability as a condition or illness that leads to one or more of the following:
- You can no longer do work that you did before,
- You cannot adjust to other work because of medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Physical Disabilities that May Qualify for Benefits
A wide variety of physical impairments may qualify you for Social Security benefits, including migraines, cancer, back and neck injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, heart conditions, and more. Learn more about qualifying physical disabilities here.
Mental Disabilities that May Qualify for Benefits
The SSA will also grant benefits for mental disabilities and disorders such as depression, bipolar, anxiety and OCD, and many other neurocognitive disorders. Learn more about qualifying mental disabilities here.
Top Disability Benefits Mistakes
The biggest mistake you can make is giving up, however, there are several tips and mistakes you need to be aware of when filling out your application and investigating your chances of receiving benefits.
To help you avoid making errors, and learn more about the disability benefits process, we've written a helpful E-book, A Helpful Guide for Your Social Security Disability Claim that you can download at no cost. This free E-book covers a variety of Social Security and Disability topics, such as:
- Information the SSA uses to determine a person's eligibility benefits.
- Facts about the hearings process.
- What to do after a Hearing loss.
- The strategy Keller & Keller uses to obtain benefits for our clients.
- The cost of hiring an Indianapolis disability lawyer.
Other mistakes we commonly see that prevent a deserving person from receiving their benefits include things such as government error, not including a critical medical record, or waiting longer than 60 days to re-file after your initial denial.
There are several missteps that can be the difference between full benefits and no benefits. Fortunately we are often able to correct these errors for our clients.
Our Social Security Attorneys Provide Personal Attention and Care
Unlike a Social Security advisor that might conduct business over the internet, our clients can always make an appointment to come into one of our multiple Indiana disability offices we have throughout the state.
If you are ready to hire an Indianapolis disability lawyer to represent you for your claim against the SSA, or you are simply looking to discuss your rights, we can advise you on how to best navigate the red tape and administrative process associated with obtaining your Social Security disability benefits.
Your disability attorney will also assign a case manager to your claim to help ensure that any updates are immediately recorded to your file and all of the necessary paperwork is handled appropriately.
Why Choose Us?
In addition to being one of Indiana's most recognized full-service social security disability firms, Keller & Keller's disability attorneys are experienced and have successfully represented clients throughout the entire state.
We also offer every Indiana resident a Zero Fee Guarantee, meaning you'll never pay for a consultation and they only way we are paid is if you receive disability benefits. Either fill out our free contact form or call us at 1-800-253-5537 for a live consultation with one of our experienced Indianapolis disability attorneys.