Disability Benefits

St. Paul Disability Benefits Lawyer

If you have a disabling condition that is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months, and that condition keeps you from working or performing substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for benefits under one of the two disability programs managed by the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled workers who have paid enough taxes into the Social Security Trust Fund so as to be considered insured by the federal government. The dependent children, widows, and widowers of injured workers may also qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.

The Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) provides benefits to the aged, blind, and disabled who have very limited income and resources, and who are not considered to be insured by the federal government because they have not worked. This program is funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes.

More information regarding these programs can be found at the Social Security Administration’s website, or you can call the Social Security Administration directly. Applications for disability benefits can be made with the Social Security Administration online, in person, or over the phone. It should be noted that the majority of disability benefits applications are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. However, these initial denials are oftentimes overturned upon further reconsideration and appeal. Strict time limits exist for appealing a denial of Social Security benefits and it is important that an appeal be made before the expiration of the applicable deadline.

The O’Dea Law Firm/Richard O’Dea represents individuals whose applications for Social Security Disability Benefits have been initially denied by the Social Security Administration. Representation in these matters is done a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees unless we make a recovery for you. Under the applicable law, fees are typically paid out of past-owed benefits that are recovered as a result of a successful appeal, and are limited to 25% of the award, subject to a cap of $6,000.00. In some cases, we are able to petition to the Social Security Administration for fees based upon a favorable result and time spent on a case. In those cases the Social Security Administration makes a determination as to what are reasonable and appropriate fees.

Call the O’Dea Law Firm/Richard O’Dea for a free initial evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim and appeal options.


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