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Social Security Lawyer in Yakima, WA
If you haven't worked or are not going to be able to work for a year or more due to a medical condition, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits.
There are two types of benefits available to disabled people through the Social Security Administration:
- Social Security Disability (SSD)
If you've worked 5 out of the last 10 years and are now disabled, you may be eligible for SSD benefits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) If you are low income and disabled, regardless of whether you've worked, you may be eligible for SSI benefits.
If you are disabled due to a workplace injury and are receiving workers' compensation benefits, you may still receive Social Security benefits. In some cases there will be an offset that can reduce the amount of one of the two benefits, but you will never receive less from both than you would from just one.
Applications And Appeals
To apply for Social Security Benefits, contact your local Social Security Administration office.
Roughly half of all applications for benefits are denied at the first step. At the second step, Request for Reconsideration, over 90% of applicants are denied. Remember, though, that your chances of receiving a favorable decision increase dramatically at the third step, when you attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
Our experienced attorneys can assist you at every step of the process, by navigating the confusing Social Security system and handling all of the paperwork for you, by gathering medical records and opinions that support your case and by preparing you for the hearing so that you can present your best case.