This blog has on many different occasions discussed how our law office works hard to help residents of Columbia and the rest of Boone County who are suffering under all types of disabilities get Social Security benefits. These benefits are often a financial lifeline for our clients, especially since they are unable to work due to the disability.
Despite our extensive knowledge and experiences, as well as our dedication to each one of our cases, there are unfortunately some times in which we have to deliver an injured or sick Missouri resident the bad news that their medical condition is unlikely to qualify them for benefits. This does not mean that they are faking or exaggerating their condition or really could work if they wanted to; what it means is that the law, as it is written, simply does not afford assistance in their particular case.
However, we are still able to help people in this sort of situation. For instance, many of our clients have policies through their employers, or otherwise, that provide long-term disability benefits. Qualifying for these benefits depends on the terms of the underlying insurance policy, which means a worker who doesn't qualify for disability may be eligible for benefits under the terms of their policy.
However, in order to get these benefits, one still has to file a claim and prove that they are entitled to benefits. This can be difficult, but our office has experience in handling these types of claims on our clients' behalf. As a side note, if someone suffered a debilitating injury or illness while at work, we can also assist them with filing and completing a workers' compensation claim.
No one wants to hear the bad news that they are likely to be denied Social Security benefits, but they should remember that other legal options may be available to them.