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Living with a disability is challenging, especially if it prevents you from working. When you’re unable to work, medical bills and everyday expenses pile up, fueling stress and uncertainty. For many, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can provide much-needed relief.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two benefit programs available to disabled individuals who can’t work. However, obtaining these benefits can be difficult.

At Ficek Law, PC, our Minnesota Social Security Disability attorney is available to help you file your claim. Most initial disability claims are denied, often because people make mistakes during the filing process or fail to provide enough supportive evidence. When you work with our skilled disability lawyer, you can rest assured your claim will be filed correctly and on time.

Ficek Law, PC, will build a strong case to validate your claim by gathering critical non-medical and medical evidence. Our legal team will also help you understand every step of the filing and review process.

If you’re suffering from a disability in Minnesota that impacts your ability to work and daily life, contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation.

A Social Security Disability Attorney for SSI and SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are two benefit programs for individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition. Each program has its own eligibility criteria.

SSDI is for individuals who have worked and paid into the Social Security System through payroll taxes. To qualify, you must have a work history and earned substantial work credits. SSDI benefits are also available to certain family members of disabled workers.

SSI is a need-based program for people with limited income and resources. Applicants do not require substantial work credits to qualify. SSI is for aged, blind, or disabled adults who have never worked or haven’t earned enough credits to receive SSDI. Children with disabilities may also qualify for SSI.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability in Minnesota

To qualify for SSDI or SSI, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disabled. This means having a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that:

  • Prevents you from performing Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
  • Has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months or result in death
  • Meets the medical criteria under an impairment listing in the SSA’s Blue Book. (The Blue Book is a guide of medical conditions that automatically qualify for disability.)
    • If a claimant’s disability doesn’t meet the criteria of any Blue Book listing, they may still qualify for benefits if their condition equals a listing in severity.
    • If their disability doesn’t meet or equal a listing, a claimant may still receive benefits through a Medical Vocational Allowance.

What Is a Medical Vocational Allowance?

Claimants who are unable to engage in SGA due to their disability, along with factors such as prior education, age, or work history, may be eligible for a Medical Vocational Allowance. This allowance is awarded if an impairment prevents a claimant from working despite not meeting qualifying medical criteria.

Many people suffer from medical conditions or multiple conditions that don’t meet the criteria outlined in the Blue Book. Fortunately, the SSA recognizes this.

If your condition doesn’t meet or equal a Blue Book listing, the SSA will determine whether your disability prevents you from engaging in any type of work and therefore, earning a living wage. This involves completing a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment.

If the SSA decides you can’t work because of your medical condition, you will receive a Medical Vocational Allowance.

Why Work With Our Social Security Disability Attorney in MN

Navigating the Social Security Disability claims process can be daunting. At Ficek Law, PC, we are here to guide you through every step. Here’s how we can help:

  • We file your disability application accurately and ensure that all critical supporting evidence is submitted to the SSA.
  • We gather and organize medical evidence, work history documentation, and other records to support your claim.
  • We help you understand whether you qualify for SSDI or SSI.
  • If your claim is denied, we represent you through the appeals process, increasing your chances of a successful outcome.
  • We help clarify the often confusing and complex disability application process.
  • Attorney Anton G. Ficek uses his in-depth knowledge of Social Security Disability law and nearly a decade of experience to help you secure benefits.

Contact Ficek Law, PC

Choosing the right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your disability application. At Ficek Law, PC, we understand the importance of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits when you’re unable to work. We’re dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate representation so you can focus on taking care of your health.

If you need help from an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in MN, contact us online or call (701) 241-8525. We represent clients throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Let us help you navigate the complexities of Social Security Disability and work towards a better, more secure future.

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