Bowman Law Offices is entirely focused on assisting clients who are trying to get their Social Security Disability (SSD) or West Virginia workers’ compensation benefits. Because of our clearly targeted areas of practice, we are highly adept in our sphere of expertise. Clients come to us with questions about whether their injuries or disabilities make them eligible for benefits, how to go through the steps involved in the application process, what to do if they are denied benefits, how to maneuver through the appeals process, and how to deal with the hearing process if it becomes necessary to do so.
If you are involved with any of the following categories and find them complicated and/or confusing, you are by no means alone. Here is some general information to help you understand these government benefits; each will be covered in greater detail on specific pages further on in our website. Just remember that Jonathan Bowman is available to guide you through any and all necessary procedures especially if you live in Wilson County, Lebanon or Nashville, TN. He’s qualified to help all West Virginian residents with the Worker’s Compensation needs.
Nashville Social Security and Disability Process
You can apply for SSD online, on the phone, or by visiting your local Social Security Administration office. You should plan ahead by consulting our offices to make sure that you bring all necessary documentation with you to your first appointment.
If you are denied SSD benefits when you first apply, this doesn’t mean that you are not eligible. It may simply mean that you need to provide more detailed evidence of your medical or psychiatric condition, or of the specific problems that make it impossible for you to work at gainful employment.
If your appeal for SSD is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision, first as a reconsideration determination, in which you will receive a new decision made by a person who has had no previous involvement in your case, then as a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If this decision still seems incorrect to you, you can file a request for a review with the Appeals Council.
The primary distinction between SSD (or SSDI) and SSI is that SSD is a benefit available to workers who have amassed enough work credits through their employment to be entitled to disability benefits if they are injured or otherwise become disabled and unable to work. SSI, on the other hand, is available to individuals who either have never worked or have worked for an insufficient length of time to qualify for SSD benefits.
West Virginia Workers’ Compensation
If you get hurt on the job, you must file an application generally within 6 months of the injury date. The application is considered by the employer’s insurance company or, in the case of employer’s who pay their own bills (self-insured employers), third-party administrators, and will either be approved or denied. With so many cases denied by insurance companies, in all likelihood you will need representation, perhaps even sooner than you think. There is also a complex appeals process beyond the insurance companies determinations, with very short deadlines for appealing and protecting your rights.