Primary Insurance Amount in Social Security Disability Determinations

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 26, 2018 4:31:02 PM

When you or your loved one suffer from a disability, getting the assistance you need can make a world of difference for you and your family.  To get the full measure of benefits, though, is not easy.  It takes not only proving your eligibility, but making sure your benefits are calculated correctly and paying out at the maximum rate allowed in your particular circumstances.  This means understanding complicated formulas and concepts, like the primary insurance amount.

If this sounds confusing, that is because it is.  The Social Security Administration does admirable work administering a variety of disability and retirement benefits, but it is a large, federal agency governed by extremely complex laws, regulations, and limitations.  If you are like most people, dealing with the bureaucracy of the SSA can seem daunting—even impossible.  But you do not have to face the SSA alone.

Dedicated lawyers like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA represent many clients just like you who are applying for or appealing for disability benefits.  Having an experienced Social Security disability attorney representing you can expedite your claims, improve the quality and thoroughness of your benefits application, and protect your right to receive the full measure of benefits allowed by law.

Call or email now to contact an attorney and find out more about how your benefits amount may be calculated.  Or, to learn the basics of how the primary insurance amount can affect your Social Security disability, read on below.

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Topics: Social Security

Does Private Disability Insurance Affect Your Right to Social Security Disability?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 13, 2018 11:00:53 PM

When workers suffer disability due to injury, illness, or medical conditions, their lives and their families can be turned upside down.  Without even mentioning the personal and psychological turmoil, workers and their loved ones face the threat of lost wages, medical and care expenses, and serious questions about how they will finance their care and their future.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced team of Social Security disability attorneys understands these concerns.  That is why Lowe Eklund works with clients to identify all potential sources of compensation and assistance, from personal injury claims to workers’ compensation to insurance and Social Security disability.

One question that can arise in the context of disabilities is whether Social Security disability benefits may be affected by other types of compensation or financial assistance.  Specifically, if you are like more than one third of all workers, does your private disability insurance affect your right to receive Social Security disability?

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Topics: Social Security

Supplemental Security Income vs. Social Security Disability: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 12, 2018 8:19:59 PM

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers various programs for seniors and the disabled to receive financial assistance.  When an injury or medical condition leaves individuals unable to provide for themselves, an SSA program can be a lifeline for those in need.

But which program may be available for you or your family member?  The eligibility qualifications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability are quite different.  What programs are available and which may provide resources to you or your loved one should be understood from the outset of the application process to ensure timely and effective filing for benefits.

If you or a family member are in need of financial assistance and you believe Social Security may be an option, contacting an experienced SSI and Social Security disability attorney at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA provides you with the opportunity to receive a free consultation regarding your options and your rights. 

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Topics: Social Security

Personal Injuries, Disability, and Social Security Benefits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 9, 2018 8:10:00 PM

If you or a loved one suffer a personal injury, illness, or medical condition, your family’s future could very well depend on taking the right steps to recover financial compensation and assistance.  With stakes this high, you deserve to have an experienced legal team at your disposal to help you receive all monies to which you are entitled, including personal injury settlements and judgments, workers’ compensation, and/or Social Security benefits.

As a leader in Ohio personal injury representation, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA has helped countless injured and afflicted individuals recover compensation for their injuries.  But often times a personal injury award is only part of the compensation equation.

With in-house workers’ compensation and Social Security disability attorneys here to help you, Lowe Eklund has the resources and experience to help you collect financial compensation and assistance from all available sources following your injury, illness, condition, or disability.

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Topics: Social Security, Disability

Ohio SSI Benefits: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 29, 2018 6:39:00 PM

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s Social Security disability lawyers help countless Ohioans each year get the assistance they need from the Social Security Administration.  One lesser known program for getting assistance to those in need is SSI benefits.

SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a program operated by the Social Security Administration that may be available to disabled individuals who do not qualify under ordinary SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance.  Like SSDI, SSI benefits come with restrictions, eligibility requirements, and evidentiary requirements for applicants.

Because SSI benefits are lesser known, many eligible individuals may be missing out on the SSI financial assistance they need.  Contacting an experienced disability lawyer at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA can ensure that you receive all the information you need to pursue disability assistance from the right program.  Call today: SSI benefits may be right for you.

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Topics: Social Security

Why Disabled Workers Should Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 21, 2018 6:32:00 PM

In the U.S., the vast majority of workers are eligible to receive Social Security disability when injury or illness leaves them unable to work.  Despite this eligibility, many individuals who need assistance do not get it.

If you or a loved one are disabled, it is okay to ask for help.  In fact, it is encouraged.  Getting the assistance you need is the best thing for your family.  And while most disabled workers recognize that they are in need of financial assistance, receiving legal assistance for your Social Security disability claim can be just as important.

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Topics: Social Security

How Long Do You Have to Work to be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 17, 2018 3:54:44 PM

Understanding Social Security disability benefits eligibility is not easy.  Clients of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA rely on experienced disability benefits attorneys because navigating the Social Security Administration’s complex rules and requirements can lead to undervalued, disputed, and denied applications.

One of the most confusing issues for disability applicants continues to be how long you must have worked to be eligible to receive Social Security disability.  While you will want to review the specifics of your case with your disability benefits lawyer, below are the basics regarding working time, recency, and work credits.

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Topics: Social Security

Substantial Gainful Activity: A Social Security Disability Explanation

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 25, 2018 9:22:00 PM

With a thriving Ohio Social Security disability practice, the attorneys of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA help countless injured Ohioans collect the benefits they need to get by.  Let’s face it: dealing with any government agency or bureaucracy can be tough.  Having an experienced lawyer by your side to explain the process and help you along the way can improve your chances of getting the assistance you deserve.

Two frequent questions that arise when it comes to Social Security disability are what is substantial gainful activity and why is it important?  Understanding the Social Security Administration’s definition of substantial gainful activity can help you understand how the SSA determines who is eligible to receive benefits.

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Topics: Social Security

Using Medical Records to Support Your Social Security Disability Claim

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 26, 2018 9:23:49 PM

Supplying insufficient medical records is a major cause of denied Social Security disability applications.  Even people with listed conditions who should qualify for disability with little or no resistance are routinely denied benefits because of issues with records and documentation.

Whether you are considering applying for Social Security disability or you were denied for records-related reasons, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s experienced benefits lawyers are here to help you.  By securing appropriate, accurate records and identifying inadequate or incomplete files, reports, and results, our team can streamline your claim by presenting the most comprehensive picture of your disability.

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Topics: Social Security

The Disability Determination Process (and How a Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help You)

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 10, 2018 8:52:43 PM

The Social Security Administration’s disability determination process is how the agency decides who does and does not qualify for Social Security disability benefits.  Those who have suffered a personal injury (regardless of who is at fault), as well as those who suffer from a debilitating illness or medical condition, can apply to receive financial assistance when they are unable to provide an income on their own.  Not everyone who is injured is entitled to disability benefits, however, and it is the responsibility of applicants to demonstrate their eligibility.

At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, our social security disability attorneys understand the disability determination process, its procedural and evidentiary requirements, and how to present your application or appeal to maximize your likelihood of receiving the benefits you need.  Whether you are considering applying or your application was recently denied, you need an experienced attorney to represent you.

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Topics: Social Security