An application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in the Charleston, SC area can take five or more months to pass through the initial review process and only about 27 percent are approved at this stage. If you’re denied benefits, you can request a reconsideration of your case. If denied again, an appeal can be filed and your application will be scheduled for a review by an administrative law judge at a hearing. All stages in the process, from initial claim to final appeal, can take a year or more.
Being found eligible for SSD benefits under the guidelines of the Social Security Administration means you must provide adequate proof that you have been unable to hold a job due to permanent or long-term disability.
Charleston Health Resources
The application you complete for Charleston disability benefits will be submitted to the local Charleston field office where it will be reviewed only for completeness. It is the Charleston Disability Determination Services office which makes a decision regarding your eligibility after reviewing all of the medical documentation your application contains.
To be eligible for SSD, you’ll need to show you’ve received ongoing medical treatment for the condition(s) that are causing your disability. Paying for such healthcare with limited finances can be hard. Here are some Charleston disability resources for free and low cost healthcare to help.
Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center
51 Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403-5513
Crisis Ministries Health Clinic
573 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403-4525
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Charleston Mental Health Resources
You may be disabled due to a psychological illness, or you may have a developmental disability of some kind. It is also possible your physical disabilities are exacerbated by a mental or psychological condition. Whatever your specific circumstances may be, if there is a mental or psychological aspect to your disability, your application for Charleston disability benefits must show you have received appropriate and ongoing mental healthcare. Here are a few Charleston disability resources for getting low cost and free mental health services.
Medical University of South Carolina
Institute of Psychiatry
67 President St
Charleston, SC 29425-5712
Charleston Community Mental Health Center
2100 Charlie Hall Blvd
Charleston, SC 29414-5832
5055 Lackawanna Blvd
Charleston, SC 29405-4528
Charleston Supplemental Security Benefits
If approved for Charleston disability benefits, you may also be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and/or Medicare. SSI is often available to those who need long term residential care and similar support services. Medicare and Medicaid cover health expenses.
To learn more about Medicaid and Medicare, contact:
Charleston County Department of Health and Human Services
326 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401-1124
Your Charleston Social Security Disability Claim
The more extensive the medical documentation contained within your application for Charleston disability benefits the better your chances of being approved for SSD; however, nothing can guarantee you’ll be found eligible. A Charleston Social Security lawyer can improve your odds.
As a disabled person, you work with a tight budget and may be worried about how you will pay for legal aide. A Charleston Social Security attorney charges no upfront fees for services and is only paid if you are approved for SSD. At the commencement of SSD benefits, you’ll receive retroactive benefits and the Charleston Social Security lawyer will receive 25% of those benefits, up to a max of $6,000.
Contact a Charleston Social Security lawyer for a free case review of your SSD claim.