Maine Social Security Disability Lawyers
Our attorneys help you get the benefits you deserve
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program for replacing some of the income that longtime workers lost when they became disabled. The claims process can be confusing and frustrating, however. If you need help with an SSDI claim, the experienced Maine Social Security Disability lawyers at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC can help you get the benefits you’re entitled to – no matter what stage you’re at in the process.
Our firm has been helping people with SSDI and other cases in Waterville, Portland and throughout Maine since 1979. We know that many people who apply for SSDI benefits are usually turned down at first. Our attorneys can fight for your rights and guide you through the appeals process every step of the way.
How does SSDI work in Maine?
You are eligible for SSDI benefits if you have suffered a disability and have worked enough time in a job that was covered by Social Security. The program is funded by payroll taxes during the time you work. There are no limits on the resources you can own, although there are limits on what you can earn while receiving benefits.
How does Social Security define disability?
Disability has a very specific meaning for purposes of SSDI. The basic SSDI determination is a 5-step process in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) analyzes evidence you submit to determine whether:
- You cannot perform “substantial gainful activity” (SGA)
- You have a “severe” impairment which is medically determinable
- Your impairment meets one of the impairments in the official “Listing of Impairments” contained in the Social Security regulations
- Your “residual functional capacity” (RFC) does not allow you to perform your “past relevant work” (PRW)
- You are unable to perform other work that exists in significant amount in light of your work experience, age, education and RFC
What if my SSDI claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, it’s important to understand why. Claims may be denied for failure to meet any of the criteria for eligibility. The denial may be based on insufficient severity of the impairment, on the ability to still work, on the likelihood of the impairment improving or other factors.
Even if you meet the criteria for disability, SSDI benefits are only available if the disability is – or is expected to be – long term. This means a period of at least 12 consecutive months. Shorter periods of disability are not eligible and are expected to be handled by other means (for example, savings or workers’ compensation benefits).
Do I need a Social Security disability lawyer?
There are four potential stages after a claim denial – reconsideration, a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Appeals Council review and federal court. Whatever stage you have reached in your SSDI claim—even if you have yet to file one—our attorneys can help. We’ve been helping SSDI claimants for decades. Our lawyers can greatly improve your chances of success, while you focus on your health.
An experienced SSDI lawyer can help determine the cause of the denial and can help you navigate the appeals process. Learn more about how we can help you with your SSDI claim. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our Social Security disability lawyers. Our offices are in Waterville and Portland.