If you have been injured and will be applying for social security disability in Columbus, GA you will need to provide medical proof that you have sustained an injury that keeps you from being able to work for at least one year. This includes but is not limited to performing the duties of your most recent job as well as any other job in which you would be able to earn at least $1,350 per month.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses medical and non-medical information to make a determination on your eligibility to receive SSD benefits in Columbus. Once you submit your application to the SSA, either at a local field office or online, the SSA will review the non-medical portion of your Columbus social security disability case then forward your file to the Georgia Department of Labor for review by disability specialists in the Disability Adjudication Section (DAS). The DAS will assess the information sent to them by your treating physician to determine if there is sufficient proof that you have suffered a qualifying disability. If your medical file does not contain enough proof to substantiate your disability claim, your claim will likely be denied and you have the option at that point to begin the appeals process.
If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision and ask that the SSA reconsider your case. Your file will be sent back the DAS for another medical review determination by a separate review panel. If your claim is denied a second time, you may request that your case be heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Columbus social security disability cases are heard in the Atlanta hearing office. At the hearing level, a little less than 60% of social security disability cases that go before an Atlanta ALJ are awarded.
Columbus, GA Health Care Resources
Since so much of your Columbus, GA social security disability case will depend on there being sufficient documentation of your disability in your medical records, getting the medical treatment you need from the time you are disabled throughout your rehabilitation is important. If you are in need of access to free or reduced-cost medical services, the following facilities may be of assistance to you.
Benning Drive Clinic
1440 Benning Drive
Columbus, GA, 31903
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Clinic
3050 30th Avenue
Columbus, GA, 31903
Columbus Department of Public Health
2100 Comer Ave.
Columbus, GA 31904
Mental Health Resources in Columbus, GA
If you are dealing with a mental illness that prevents you from getting and keeping a job for at least one year you may qualify for social security disability in Columbus. Seek the help of a licensed Columbus mental health professional for treatment.
The Bradley Center
2000 16th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901
1310 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31906
Columbus, GA Supplemental Social Security Benefits
In the state of Georgia, disabled individuals living in a Medicaid facility may qualify to receive an additional monthly state supplemental benefit of up to $20. Couples in Medicaid facilities can receive up to $40 per month. The monthly Federal social security disability benefit for an independent individual is $841 and $261 for a couple.
Columbus, GA Social Security Disability Attorneys
The decision to pursue a Columbus social security disability case can be beneficial, but the process can be lengthy. If you are not awarded your initial claim and have to appeal the decision, the processing time to finally get your case awarded can be well over a year. Getting the advice of a Columbus social security disability attorney can help get you the insight you need to expedite the application and review process and return a favorable decision. Many attorneys will only charge a fee if they win your case. If your attorney wins, a standard fee of 25% of your award is collected from past due benefits or through a fee petition. The maximum an attorney can collect for representing you is $6,000. If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Columbus social security lawyer.