If you can’t work because of a chronic disease or long-term injury, you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.
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Passionate People. Proven Process.
Our team helps everyday Americans struggling with disabilities get the benefits they need.
We help our clients navigate the complex government procedures and hearings necessary to obtain Social Security disability benefits.
We understand the financial and emotional burden that disabilities and the SSDI process can put on a person and their family.
We help our clients in their time of need by assisting them with all aspects of the SSDI process, from filing initial applications to representing them at hearings.
We are America’s premier Social Security Disability advocacy group. No one is more aggressive than us at working to secure benefits for their clients. No one handles more SSDI cases than we do.
Passionate People. Proven Process.
Our team helps clients navigate the complex procedures and hearings necessary to obtain disability benefits. We understand the financial and emotional burden that the SSDI process can put on our clients. As a result, we assist our clients with all aspects of the process, from filing initial applications to representing them at hearings.
“I knew it was too much for me to tackle myself… Citizens streamlined the whole thing… They got me the help that I needed, and I won my case.” – Adam F.
The objective of Citizens Disability is to be the nation’s leading social justice advocacy group. The Citizens team works to serve the disabled, to promote social justice, and to provide economic security to the under-served.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You must meet several criteria in order to qualify for SSDI. You must be insured, which means you must have worked and paid federal payroll taxes (FICA) for five of the last 10 years. You must also apply before reaching full retirement age (65-67), and you must meet Social Security’s definition of total disability.
Applications can be denied for a variety of reasons. Most often, the claimant is found to be working above Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) levels, which means they earned above $1,070 per month in 2014.
SSA may also determine that there is not enough medical evidence of a disabling condition, or that a prior application was filed incorrectly.
If possible, seek more frequent medical treatment for your condition(s). Keep a tally of all the physicians you’ve seen over the years and a current list of medications. Give your physicians ample time to complete Residual Function Capacity (RFC) questionnaires on your behalf. Call us whenever there are changes to your medical treatment, or if your condition worsens, so we can request additional medical records.
RFC stands for “Residual Function Capacity,” and refers to the maximum amount of work you can do, despite your mental/physical impairments. The purpose of an RFC is to determine how your limitations impact your ability to meet the demands and requirements of the standard workplace. The RFC questionnaire is usually completed by a Disability Determination Services (DDS) physician, who reviews the medical records on file, but does not have the opportunity to meet you in person. We will provide you with mental and physical RFC questionnaires that can be completed by your physicians, who are most familiar with your limitations.
Plenty. Whether you are denied at the initial stage or following an appeal, contact us and we will help determine what your next step should be. You can appeal a denial or start the process from scratch by filing a new application. Our representatives will help determine which option is best for you.
The SSA receives hundreds of thousands of applications each month. It can take 5 to 7 months from the date of the initial application to receive a decision, and if appeals are necessary, the process can take several years. Applicants must be patient, but Citizens Disability will work to make the process as quick and easy as possible.
Independent studies have shown that your odds of receiving a favorable decision are significantly improved with representation. The Citizens Disability team of advocates will meet deadlines, file appeals, write letters to judges on your behalf, and accompany you to hearings — thus increasing your odds of receiving a favorable decision.
Our fees are determined by government statute. We receive 25% of the accrued benefit amount, up to $6,000. We do not impose fees up front and we only get paid if your claim is successful. If your claim is denied, you pay nothing.
WHY CITIZENS DISABILITY?
Filing a claim for SSDI benefits isn’t easy, but we can help.
- We offer each client a free evaluation.
- Our service is risk-free… we only get paid when you win your case.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
- Keep you in compliance and make the process easy for you.
- Use our knowledge to help you win faster.
- Provide you with information to keep you informed.