Alabama Disability Lawyer CULLMAN

If you live in Cullman Alabama-or anywhere in Cullman County, Alabama*- and have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, or SSI benefits, don't give up. The vast majority of disabled persons who apply for Social Security Disability benefits, regardless of their medical condition, are denied disability benefits on their initial application. Many of those applying for disability benefits believe that given the Social Security Administration's opinion that they are not entitled to Social Security Disability benefit here in Alabama, but that is not necessarily the case. If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, don't give up, call an experienced Alabama Social Security Disability Lawyer--

In order to be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits in Alabama, you must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of being disabled. In making this determination, the Social Security Administration follows a five step sequential evaluation process in order; if the Administration determines that you are not disabled at the end of the first step, their evaluation will continue to the next step of the evaluation process until it has been determined that you are either disabled or not. We will be discussing this process in the next few blogs.

At Step One, the Administration must determine whether you are engaging in "substantial gainful activity." Substantial gainful activity is work activity that brings in over a certain dollar amount per month. In 2011, that amount is $1,000.00 for non blind applicants and $1,640.00 for blind applicants-which is not much to try to live on. The Administration does not include any income you received from non-work sources, such as pensions, retirement plans, investment income or monetary gifts. Work which is sheltered may not be considered as work income depending on the circumstances.

If you are found to have engaged in substantial gainful activity, then you are not entitled to disability benefits regardless of how severe your impairment(s) may be. If you have not engaged in substantial gainful activity, then the Social Security Administration will move to the next step in the evaluation process.

If you live in Cullman County and have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, but you believe that you meet the legal definition of disabled, don't give up. Contact Powell and Denny today.

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Alabama Disability Lawyer CULLMAN