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Disability Advocates South Carolina

The economy is challenging these days. Even able-bodied people sometimes have difficulty finding work. It can be especially hard if a mental or physical disability prevents you from earning a living and paying your bills. If this has happened to you, you may be entitled to help from the government in the form of South Carolina Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. SSDI is a government program that will pay you monthly cash benefits if you are unable to work or earn a living for a period of at least (12) months. You must also have earned enough work credits to qualify for benefits. But even if you haven't worked, or earned enough credits for SSDI, you may be entitled to benefits under another program called SSI (or supplemental security income)

How can I qualify for South Carolina Social Security Disability benefits?

To be approved for SSDI or SSI benefits, you must qualify at each step of a five step process. Each step has specific requirements, and concrete evidence must be submitted to show that those requirements have been met. Understanding and addressing all of the details in this process is important. It is critical that your case be presented properly so that you may collect the benefits to which you are entitled. If you feel you may qualify for SSDI or SSI, please give us your information so that we can get started on your claim.

South Carolina Social Security Disability Advocate

It is widely known that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be extremely difficult to obtain in South Carolina. Many feel that the SSDI system is designed to be so complicated and time-consuming that the average person will simply give up. Some feel that the South Carolina Social Security Disability System expects you to give up on fighting for the benefits you deserve! As your South Carolina Social Security Disability Advocate - We won't give up! Remember, we don't get paid unless you do. There is no charge for our services unless we win your case!There is no out-of-pocket expense to you for our services, because our fee comes from any back payment owed to you by the South Carolina Social Security when we win your case. Get in touch with our Social Security disability advocates in South Carolina today.

Definition of South Carolina Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability as the inability to perform substantial gainful activity due to a physical or mental impairment which has lasted or can be expected to last a continuous period of at least twelve months, or result in death. Your impairment must be severe enough to prevent you from performing your past relevant work (what you’ve done in the past, and what you’re trained to do) or some other type of gainful work that is available in the national economy, and it must be more than a temporary condition. To be considered disabling, your severe impairment must meet or medically equal one of the impairments in the Listings of Impairments found in the Code of Federal Regulations, appendix 1, subpart P of part 404. If your severe impairment does not meet or medically equal a listed impairment, SSA will then assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) to determine if you are physically and mentally able to perform your past relevant work. If SSA determines that your RFC does not allow you to perform your past relevant work, they will use the same RFC to determine whether you can perform any other type of work available in the national economy. When they do this, they will take into consideration your age, your educational background and your work experience.

Claimants 50 years old or older have a significant advantage at this stage, as SSA is aware that their remaining work years are limited, and the time necessary to re-educate and re-train a worker to another field of work is often not feasible. Younger claimants face more of a challenge at this stage of the sequential evaluation, simply because they have ample years to learn another trade or skill, and thus to go back to work. Education plays a role in this process simply because a worker who works with his or her “head” is much more likely to be able to work with a physical impairment than a less-educated, unskilled worker who in the past has relied on strength and stamina to do the type of work they did.

An impairment must be supported by medically acceptable evidence, such as clinical diagnoses and laboratory tests; the claimant’s statements alone would not be sufficient to establish the existence of an impairment. Acceptable sources of such evidence would be Medical Doctors and Psychiatrists. In cases where the evidence is insufficient to make a decision, SSA will often require (and pay for) a Consultative Examination (CE). When ordering a CE, SSA tells the examining Physician exactly what information they are looking for (“We need to know if the claimant can move his knee at least 20 degrees”). Also, if a claimant has more than one impairment, the combination of all the impairments may medically equal a listing, or cause a reduced RFC which prevents the claimant from working.

An experienced South Carolina Disability Advocate can help a claimant present a convincing case that their impairments either meet or medically equal a listing, as well as assist the claimant in gathering and organizing acceptable evidence to support their claim.