Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

Are you struggling with a disability that prevents you from earning a paycheck? Have you applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, but were denied? At Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., we can help.

What Are SSD And SSI?

There are two major programs that provide benefits to those unable to work due to qualifying disabilities:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI)
    • This program is based on prior work experience. The amount of the monthly disability benefit is based on the Social Security earnings records of any worker who is "insured" for Social Security purposes.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • People who don't qualify for SSD may still be eligible for benefits through this program if they have limited income. The amount of the monthly benefit is based on federal and state rates.

How Do I Apply For SSD/SSI?

To apply for SSDI or SSI benefits, you can contact the Social Security Administration in one of three ways:

  1. Call Social Security's toll-free telephone number 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment.
  2. Visit your local Social Security office
  3. Visit the Social Security Administration's website and follow the four steps to apply online.

Although you can complete the application on your own, the experienced attorneys at our firm would be happy to assist you in this process free of charge.

What If I Am Denied Benefits?

Unfortunately, a substantial majority of initial disability claims are denied by the Social Security Administration. However, you can appeal the denial within 60 days. Your chances of receiving benefits are much better at this stage if you contact an experienced attorney to guide you through the lengthy appeals process.

Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz has represented injured and disabled Minnesotans for over 50 years. We would be happy to discuss your Social Security claim and the appeals process with you. There is no charge to meet with us and ask your questions.

Do I Have To Pay Attorney Fees?

If you enlist our help in challenging a denial of your benefits, there is no charge for attorney fees unless we're successful. We work on a contingency fee basis and will only receive a fee if your disability claim is granted.

Currently, Social Security permits a standard fee, which is 25 percent of back benefits, subject to a maximum of $6,000. No attorney fees will be taken out of future benefits. In addition to attorney fees, costs in obtaining medical records and written medical opinions may be associated with your file.

Learn more by calling 612-444-5604 or contacting us online.