Social Security Disability

Social Security claims can be confusing when you are not familiar with the Social Security Administration’s procedure. A claimant must understand that there are two types of social security benefits that may be available to individuals who are eligible. The attorneys at Hinkfuss, Sickel, Petitjean & Wieting are ready and available to guide you through the social security process.

The first type of social security benefit is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits are also payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. In essence, payments are made to eligible individuals based on financial need. SSI benefits from the Federal Government and most states (not all states provide supplemental SSI payments) are awarded in set amounts.

In addition to SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration also administers the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. This benefit applies to disabled individuals who have previously earned income and have earned sufficient qualified credits from taxable work; therefore, the amount of the monthly disability benefit is based on the social security earnings record of the insured worker.

Statistically, the vast majority of SSDI claims are denied at the initial claim level. Applicants or claimants who are denied benefits may file for a request for reconsideration. If the claim is again denied, the next step would be to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

The attorneys at Hinkfuss, Sickel, Petitjean & Wieting have experience handling social security disability cases. Before one of our attorneys will begin his or her investigation of your case, you are invited to a free initial consultation with the attorney. The attorney will review the medical records of your case and discuss your disability with you in detail.

Our attorneys will provide some of the following services at the initial application stage:

  1. Periodically check the status of your disability case.
  2. Resolve problems that may exist related to your case.
  3. Provide necessary information to the Disability Examiner assigned to the case.
  4. File the required social security paperwork for an appeal if your claim is denied.

If your case is in the hearing stage, our attorneys will advance your case by providing any of the following services:

  1. Obtain a hard copy of your social security disability file.
  2. Request copies of all of your medical records.
  3. Get supporting statements from your doctors.
  4. Provide copies of your medical records to a Judge.
  5. Fully prepare your disability case for the social security hearing.

The law firm of Hinkfuss, Sickel, Petitjean & Wieting assures you local and personal service in pursuing your Social Security Disability claim.