El Paso, Texas Disability Lawyers
Being unable to work because of a medical condition is an overwhelming physical, emotional and financial burden. Although Social Security offers two disability benefits programs, many individuals have difficulty obtaining these crucial benefits.
Jon Sipes, Attorney-at-Law, dedicates his practice to fighting for the rights of disabled individuals and their loved ones in El Paso and surrounding Texas communities. Attorney Sipes has a well-deserved reputation as a dedicated advocate of the disabled with a proven history of helping them obtain the benefits they deserve.
Jon Sipes truly understands the medical and financial challenges facing the disabled. Moreover, he is highly sensitive to the unique issue members of our immigrant and LGBTQ communities contend with in asserting their rights to disability benefits, especially those living with HIV and the transgender community. When you decide to work with Mr. Sipes, you will have peace of mind, knowing that he will always stand by you, helping you navigate the challenges of obtaining Social Security disability benefits.
Whether you are filing an initial claim, need assistance with an appeal, or have any concerns about obtaining the financial and medical resources you need and deserve, you can trust Jon Sipes to offer you trustworthy advice, knowledge and compassion. Above all, he will treat you with dignity and respect and work tirelessly to protect your rights.
There are two disability benefit programs available through the Social Security Administration (SSA):
To qualify for SSDI, an applicant must have (1) paid into the Social Security system through income tax deductions and (2) acquired the required number of work credits. Older applicants generally need to have more work credits. It is important to note that SSDI is available regardless of the individual’s financial resources.
SSI is intended to “supplement” the income of individuals who are disabled, blind or over the age of 65. Although there is no prerequisite to have paid into the Social Security system or to even have worked to receive SSI, these benefits are “means tested.” This means that the financial resources of the person seeking these benefits cannot have more than (1) a certain income or (2) a certain amount in accumulated assets.
How does Social Security determine if I am eligible for disability benefits?
To be eligible for benefits under the SSDI or SSI program, you must have a disability, which is defined as a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Also, Social Security maintains a list of qualifying impairments known as the Blue Book.
As long as your condition is listed and you meet the other work or financial resource requirements, you can obtain disability benefits. You may also qualify if your impairment is not included in the Blue Book if Social Security determines that your condition is medically equivalent to a listed impairment.
In any case, obtaining disability benefits isn’t easy. Filing an initial claim is complicated and confusing because it requires all kinds of paperwork and lots of information about your condition provided by your doctor. You should know that the majority of initial claims are denied, for the following reasons:
- Mistakes in the application
- Missing information
- Not having enough work credits (SSD)
- Having too many assets (SSI)
How do I apply for
If you or a loved one is seeking disability benefits in Texas, it is necessary to file an application with the nearest SSA field office. You can submit an application by mail, online, or in person. An experienced disability lawyer can help you complete the application, including all the questionnaires about your impairment, employment history, and finances.
It is also very important to provide all the required medical information. This includes:
- Doctor’s reports
- An exam history
- Treatment notes
- Lab tests and radiological exams
- Any other information about your diagnosis and prognosis
You can count on Jon Snipes, Attorney-at-Law to work closely with your doctor to collect all the required medical information. In the end, he has the experience to show that your medical condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
What happens if my disability benefits claim is denied?
Don’t be surprised if your application for disability benefits are denied; the majority of initial claims are rejected. You have a right to an appeal, however, Jon Sipes has extensive experience handling disability appeals. Although this is another complicated process, working with an experienced disability appeals lawyer increases your chances of obtaining these vital benefits.
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El Paso, Texas Disability Lawyers
If you or a loved one is seeking disability benefits, you need professional assistance. Turn to Jon Sipes, Attorney-at-Law. When you become his client, he will take the time to listen to your concerns, explain all your rights, and fight for the disability benefits you deserve. All disability claims are handled on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until disability lawyer Jon Sipes wins benefits for you. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.
Geographical Service Areas
Not only do we represent clients from the El Paso area, but we also represent those seeking legal representation in Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo and all communities in between for their Social Security Disability claims.
COIVD-19 and Social Security Disability Representation
COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives and has caused serious illness amongst hundreds of thousands of American. If you were diagnosed with COVID-19; have lasting effects of the disease and have been denied Social Security disability, please call the offices of Jon Sipes Attorney at Law to see how he can help you through this difficult time and the process of filing for Social Security Disability.