Minnesota Social Security Disability Lawyers
Having a qualified Social Security disability attorney on your side can help your chances of receiving the disability benefits you deserve. From making sure the forms are completed correctly, to gathering and supplying evidence for your case, our Minnesota Social Security disability lawyers can ease the disability application and appeal process and help to ensure a fair result for you.
If you’ve been denied and need help with your appeal, we can help. Contact our experienced legal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week – just dial 1-888-343-5375 or complete our free contact request form.
Helping You Get Your Disability Benefits
No matter where you are in the claims process, it’s our goal to help you get the benefits you need. Our Social Security Disability lawyers can help you:
Determine if you’re eligible for disability benefits.
Our legal professionals can review your work and medical histories to help determine whether or not you’re eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
File your Social Security Disability application.
A Minnesota disability attorney can assist you with completing your application. The attorney can help clarify the questions being asked and help structure your answers. An Application for Disability Insurance Benefits can be completed online and electronically submitted to your local Social Security office.
After assisting with the Disability Application, a Minnesota disability attorney can help you complete the Disability & Work History Report. This is also online and can take hours to complete. This is because it requests detailed information about every job you have had in the 15 years before you became disabled, and detailed information about the medical providers you have treated with for your conditions, and the treatments received. A Minnesota disability attorney can help you gather this information and properly enter it into the online Disability & Work History Report.
At the end of the Disability & Work History Report, your Minnesota disability attorney will obtain a Print Cover Sheet to mail to your local Social Security office with any evidence. Typically, if you have any helpful medical records to show that you are disabled under Social Security’s strict rules, your attorney will supply these as evidence.
- Gathering Medical Records
At the application level, a Minnesota disability attorney will communicate to Social Security all of the locations where you have treated so that Social Security can obtain your medical records. During an appeal, your Minnesota disability attorney can request your medical records directly from your medical providers.
- Supplying Evidence
A Minnesota disability attorney will obtain all medical evidence and supply it to the disability examiner who is evaluating your case. During an appeal, a Minnesota disability attorney can submit this evidence electronically by scanning it and submitting it over the Internet if the attorney has the correct program.
Appeal your disability claim.
A denial by the Social Security Administration doesn’t mean you aren’t owed Social Security Disability benefits. There are several appeal stages if your Disability Application is denied. A Minnesota disability attorney can assist you with each of these appeal stages. We’ll help you file a strong appeal so you have the best possible chance of getting your claim approved.
- Request for Reconsideration
This is the first appeal. A Minnesota disability attorney can file this electronically as well as complete an online form entitled “Disability Report – Appeal.” This form is similar to the Disability & Work History Report, but asks if anything has changed since that report was submitted.
If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, your Minnesota disability attorney can file the second appeal, which is a Request for Hearing. Your attorney will obtain any additional evidence and submit it prior to the Hearing. At the Hearing, your Minnesota Disability Attorney will appear with you, take your testimony, and make legal arguments.
Trying to get the disability benefits you need can be a frustrating experience, but you’re not alone. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help you – no matter where you are in the process. If you have questions about getting Social Security Disability benefits, we have answers. Talk to us about your disability claim today.
Social Security Disability Client Testimonial
“How can I ever thank you for all the help you each gave me to get the disability I so much needed? My eyes are tearing up right now with the blessing of all of you coming into my life when I feel at the end of my rope.
Thank you, wonderful, wonderful angels for all you did in getting the information, especially the doctors’ letters and the many calls and emails you sent me to keep me posted on this journey. Thank you so much for helping me in presenting my case to the judge. I could never have done it without you or ask for a better lawyer! If anyone ever needs advice on where to go for disability, I am going to say Fields Law!”
— Maria M., St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Social Security Disability
Minnesota Social Security Disability is very much the same as in other states. This is because Social Security is a federal program that applies nationwide.
First, to obtain Minnesota Social Security Disability benefits, a person must be considered “disabled.” Social Security defines disability as a medical condition that renders a person unable to work and is expected to last at least one year or result in death. This is a very strict definition of disability. Some insurance programs offer disability benefits for people with a short term disability; however, Minnesota Social Security Disability does not.
There are two programs offering Minnesota Social Security Disability benefits. Each of these programs offers cash benefits, and allows medical insurance also in some cases.
Supplemental Security Income
Minnesota Social Security Disability offers Supplemental Security Income, or “SSI.” SSI benefits are available for some people with little or no income and resources. SSI makes monthly payments to people who have low income and few resources and are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. An application for SSI benefits must be completed in person either at your local Social Security office or over the phone. A person can, however, begin the application for SSI benefits online through Social Security’s website by completing the online Disability Report Adult.
When you receive SSI Minnesota Social Security Disability benefits, you may also apply for Medical Assistance (MA). People receiving SSI disability benefits MN are not automatically eligible for MA. A separate MA eligibility determination is required.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Minnesota Social Security Disability also offers Social Security Disability Insurance, or “SSDI” benefits. These benefits are available for insured workers, their disabled surviving spouses, and children (disabled before age 22) of disabled, retired or deceased workers. In general, to get these Minnesota Social Security Disability benefits, a person must meet two different earnings tests:
- A “recent work” test based on your age at the time you became disabled, which generally requires that people have worked 5 out of the 10 years before they became disabled; and
- A “duration of work” test to show that you worked long enough under Social Security. This generally requires that the person have an average of six years of work if they are between ages 30 and 60. People ages 27 and younger need 1.5 years of work. Certain blind workers have to meet only this “duration of work” test.
The amount of Minnesota Social Security Disability benefits for SSDI depends on how much money a person has earned and paid into the Social Security Administration through their taxes each year.
People who are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will receive Medicare automatically after they have received disability benefits for two years. This is a federally administered program.