West Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyers Help You Claim Benefits
We help injured people get the money they need and deserve
Angotti & Straface, L.C. helps clients throughout West Virginia get the help they need to file for Social Security disability Insurance (SSDI). With nearly 60 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers have the skill to guide you through the often-confusing process of dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to get your disability benefits.
Social Security disability insurance is a federal program offered by the SSA. If you paid Social Security taxes during your working career, you may be eligible to receive financial benefits.
Certain conditions determine Social Security disability eligibility
You must have been out of work for 12 months for medical reasons to apply for disability benefits. You begin the process by completing an Adult Disability Report that details your medical condition, including medications, doctor records and test results. You must also provide your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) and a description of the work you did prior to your injury. Once you file your claim through a local SSA office, you can expect a decision within three to five months.
Qualifying for disability benefits depends on answers to certain questions
Responses to these questions determine whether your medical condition qualifies as a disability in the eyes of the SSA:
- Were you working?
- Is your condition severe and does it interfere with your ability to perform basic work activities?
- Is your condition on the SSA list of disabling conditions?
- Are you able to perform your previous work?
- Are you able to perform other types of work?
Often, a denial results from lack of information. Our Social Security disability lawyers can ensure that you file the proper paperwork so you have a better chance at a successful outcome.
We represent clients in SSD appeals
If your claim is denied, as are many initial claims, the SSA sends you a letter with the reasons for the denial. A denial does not mean you can never get SSD benefits. With our help, you can appeal and possibly reverse the decision through the four-level SSD appeals process:
- Hearing by an administrative law judge
- Appeals council review
- Federal court review
We can represent you throughout this process to help you receive the benefits you deserve.
Social Security can help when a family member dies
Usually, the funeral director contacts the SSA when someone dies. You may be able to claim Social Security benefits if your loved one worked long enough to qualify. If your loved one was receiving benefits at the time of death, you must return the benefits for the month of death and succeeding months. The lawyers of Angotti & Straface, L.C. can help you through this complex process and determine whether you qualify for death benefits.
Find out more about Social Security disability benefits from a knowledgeable attorney
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown helps West Virginians successfully claim Social Security disability and death benefits. Find out if you qualify during a free initial consultation. Call us at 304-212-7368 or use our online contact form to set up an appointment. Spanish translation services are available upon request.