If you or a loved one are unable to work because of a medical condition, our workers' comp attorneys can help you apply for various disability programs that provide monthly financial support.
The application and approval process can be quite complex and legal in nature. Small mistakes in any of the documents can be used against you, ultimately leading to reduced or denied benefits.
With an experienced disability benefits attorney at your side, these concerns are mitigated, allowing your case to have an unobstructed chance at earning you the compensation you deserve. This is especially important in Maryland, given that the rate of initial application approvals is lower than the national average.
Residents of Maryland have the ability to apply to a series of disability benefits programs including Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI.) While these are federal programs, it is mostly offices local to MD that handle the individual claims. There also exist state-specific programs such as the Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP,) that provide monthly payments to approved enrollees.
It should be noted that individuals may be eligible for one, more than one, or none of these. Furthermore, any benefits that are already being paid can reduce the number of new benefits.
How much money you can receive in disability benefits depends on a series of factors. One of those is the amount of time you worked and paid taxes, especially the decade previous to the disability. Similarly, your age can also play a part.
Your average lifetime earnings, too, are a factor. This means that benefits are not only based on your most recent earnings, but on your earnings throughout your entire career.
Each state can have different definitions of disability. However, in all states, if a person does not meet the legal criteria for disability then they cannot receive disability benefits. To be considered disabled in the 'eyes of the law,' you:
For those who are completely unfamiliar with the disability benefits application process, it can seem like a daunting task. In this case, it is mostly as it seems.
There is a substantial amount of paperwork to fill out, file, submit, and keep track of. Additionally, official documents such as medical records may have to be sought out. Strict timelines and due dates must be met.
An error at any step in this process can bring the entire process to a halt. If the initial application is denied, it's possible to file an appeal, but only 14% of first appeals are successful. For this reason, it's not only important to be prepared, but also to be prepared from the beginning.
By seeking the help of legal representation, this is exactly what you are doing. You arm yourself with a legal professional who knows the law and how to navigate the disability claims system. With knowledge and experience on your side, your claim has a strong foundation on which to stand.
If you're unsure whether you're eligible for disability benefits in Maryland or not, speak with our team today to arrange a free legal consultation. We'll analyze your case and explain the options, all at no cost to you.
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