The Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay you a monthly benefit if you are a qualifying worker who has sustained an injury which prevents you from engaging in an activity in which you can earn at least $1,310 per month. In reviewing your Huntsville, AL social security disability case, the SSA will look at whether your injury keeps you from performing the duties of your most recent job as well as any other job for which you are qualified.
When you apply for benefits, your local SSA field office will review your application to ensure you meet income and work credit requirements. After that, your application is sent to the Alabama Disability Determination Services (DDS) where a decision will be made on your using medical information obtained for your doctor. A panel of disability specialists will look for medical evidence to substantiate your disability claim. If there is adequate information in your medical file to support your Huntsville social security disability claim, the DDS will inform the SSA of your eligibility. If there is not sufficient evidence, the claim may be denied.
The U.S. Social Security Administration reports that only about 30% of the initial social security disability claims filed in the state of Alabama are awarded. If you apply for SSDI and your initial claim is denied, you can appeal the decision and ask the SSA for reconsideration. If your appeal is also denied, you can ask that your Huntsville Social Security Disability case is heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the Florence hearing office. As of fourth quarter 2011, 44.8% of all SSD cases heard by a Florence ALJ were awarded.
Huntsville Health Resources
So much of your Huntsville social security disability case depends on your ability to present evidence of your injury. For that reason, it is extremely important that you get medical attention for your disability as soon as you are injured. If you are uninsured or underinsured, there are several free and reduced-cost health care facilities in Huntsville that may be of service to you.
Community Free Clinic
410 Sivley Road Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35801
308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, AL, 35801
Health Department, Huntsville-Madison County
301 Max Luther Drive,
Huntsville, AL 35811
Huntsville Mental Health Resources
If you are suffering from a mental health issue that prevents you from performing the duties of a job for at least one full year, you may qualify for social security disability in Huntsville. Seek the help of a licensed mental health professional. There are mental health facilities in Huntsville which may be of service to you.
Mental Health Center
4040 S. Memorial Pkwy.
Huntsville, AL 35802
Crestwood Medical Center
One Hospital Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Huntsville Supplemental Social Security Benefits
The monthly Federal social security disability benefit rate is $794 for an independent individual and $1,191 for a couple.
Getting Help from a Huntsville Social Security Disability Attorney
You have the right to hire a Huntsville social security disability attorney at any point during determination process of your Alabama social security disability claim. Very often people don’t seek legal advice until after their initial claim has been denied but keep in mind that if your claim is denied and you have to file appeals, your SSD case can easily extend past the one year mark. Many Alabama SSD attorneys will only charge you if they are able to 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 amount your attorney can collect for representing you in a Huntsville SSD case 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 Huntsville disability lawyer.