Applying for Benefits & Want Someone to Help?

    Right now you may be struggling with serious health problems, the inability to work and money troubles. Instead, you could be enjoying financial stability and the ability to breathe easier.


    Apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

    This process can lead to monthly income and health-care coverage through Medicare or Medicaid.

    But they don’t make the process easy.

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a lot of rules, steps, forms, and deadlines to deal with before you get benefits. Most people who apply get denied.

    Social Security won’t take your word for it that your medical condition is so severe that you can’t work. You have to prove it.

    Tim Geary, a Wisconsin disability attorney who has helped thousands of people get through this process over more than 20 years, knows how to handle an SSD application.

    Ease your own burden and talk to the legal team at Geary Disability Law. In the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin, let us help you move on to better times.

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    Filing for Social Security Disability in Wisconsin: Two Options

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs two disability benefits programs, both for people unable to work because of severe health limitations for at least 12 months:

    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    SSDI pays monthly benefits calculated in part using your past earnings. And you get access to health care through Medicare after a waiting period.

    SSI pays a pre-determined monthly amount set by the government. Plus you immediately qualify for Medicaid health coverage.

    When you’re applying for benefits, you may qualify for one or the other, or sometimes both.

    How can you tell which one?

    A few questions could help you decide as you file for disability benefits.

    • Have you worked recently and for several years, paying taxes and building a Social Security record? If yes, you may qualify for SSDI.
    • Has it been a long time since you’ve worked, or you’ve never worked much due to health problems? You may qualify for SSI.
    • Do you have little income and resources like property (not counting your primary home)? These are requirements for SSI.

    Before you complete the application, a disability lawyer can point you in the right direction of which program to apply for, or whether your situation allows you to apply for both.

    You can apply online, by phone or at a Social Security office. Once you submit your online application or complete another application method, a state office will make an initial disability determination on your claim.

    If you’re denied, you’ll have to go through more steps of appealing before you can start receiving benefits—and resting easier.

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    How to Apply for Social Security Disability in Wisconsin

    A Social Security Disability application requires pulling together a lot of information and documents. It’s important to know what information helps your claim, and what information doesn’t.

    These are some of the main ingredients:

    • Medical Evidence: Reports from doctors, tests and more
    • Past Job Details: Descriptions of the positions you’ve held and the demands of each job
    • Education: What your training says you should be able to do for work
    • Age: Your likelihood to be able to switch to a new job
    • Financial Profile: Your most recent earnings
    • Testimony: Statements from people who personally know you about how you function daily
    • Forms: The paperwork that makes it all official

    When you’re already feeling drained from poor health, a Social Security Disability application looks like a lot of work. But if you’re unable to earn a living, you absolutely should apply. And you should apply soon, so you can get started on a process that can take some time.

    If you’re wondering whether you have a strong case before applying for Social Security Disability, get a FREE EVALUATION from Geary Disability Law.

    And if you work with us on your claim, you’ll pay no attorney fees until you win benefits.

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    How Geary Disability Law Helps You Apply for Disability Benefits

    Applying for Social Security Disability—dealing with a giant government agency—can be intimidating.

    You’re in a vulnerable time in your life, but the process of getting financial assistance isn’t exactly warm and caring.

    When you have an experienced disability lawyer working with you, you can be confident that someone capable is taking care of all the legwork.

    At Geary Disability Law:

    • You’ll work with someone who listens to you and understands your situation.
    • We do this kind of work because we value talking to people and hearing their stories.
    • You’ll get help gathering the records you need from your medical treatment.
    • You won’t have to organize all your information on past jobs by yourself.
    • We’ll guide you through filling out pages of forms.
    • You’ll stay on top of important deadlines because we’ll be watching it for you.
    • You’ll get support for your appeal of a benefits denial.
    • You’ll always have the chance to meet your lawyer in person to prepare for your hearing with a disability judge.
    • We’ll keep you updated and informed on your claim.

    You don’t have to be left without any help when you can’t work because of ill health. You can improve your situation so you have enough financial support to maintain your dignity and independence.


    Social Security Disability FAQs

    It’s only natural for you to have many questions when your life has been disrupted by health problems and you need financial assistance. Get started on your path forward with our answers to some of the questions we hear most often:


    Hear from a Geary Law Firm Client

    “Helped me every step of the way, and won my case for me. I am not rich, and he had my best interests at heart. I would highly recommend him, as I have already done, several times.”

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