If you suffered a serious injury, illness or disability that prevents you from working for an entire year, you have a right to pursue Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Being unable to work because of mental or physical disabilities is devastating, but it’s more devastating when the disability and inability to work lasts as long as a year or more; and it becomes unbearable when you’re having difficulty getting your Social Security claim accepted. If this is your situation, it isn’t a time to be going it alone, especially when you could have the Messer Law Group by your side to help you through the process. We know how the Social Security system works and we can help make it work for you.

Whether you are applying for benefits or appealing a denial, the Messer Law Group is prepared to help you. Our skilled team of lawyers will answer your questions and personally handle every aspect of your case. We seek to alleviate the legal burdens of the Social Security process so that you can focus your energy on your treatment and recovery.

Social Security Consultation Options In Arizona

If you have questions on any aspect of the Social Security Disability process, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We offer free consultations for all Social Security or Workers’ Compensation cases. Call (602) 527-5808 or use the Contact Form on our website.

Who Is Eligible For Social Security Disability?

To qualify for SSD, most individuals require 40 work credits, 20 of which workers must have earned within the last 10 years. If you qualify, you may be entitled to monetary benefits for yourself and your family. Monthly benefits of up to half of your disability amount can be paid to your spouse or unmarried children.

In some situations, ex-spouses may qualify for benefits if they meet the set requirements. In addition to disability benefits, survivor benefits may be available for surviving spouses and children.

Our attorneys will help you to understand what SSD benefits you may be able to receive. If you recently received a denial from the Social Security Administration, we have extensive experience helping our clients file successful appeals.

The Basics About Disability Benefits

The SSDI program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you are “insured.” This means that you worked long enough – and recently enough – and paid Social Security taxes on your earnings. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources.

While these two programs are different, the medical requirements are the same. If you meet the non-medical requirements, monthly benefits are paid if you have a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death.

The Disability Application Process

Whether you apply online, by phone, or in person, the disability benefits application process follows these general steps:

  • You gather the information and documents you need to apply. We recommend you print and review the Adult Disability Checklist. It will help you gather the information you need to complete the application.
  • You complete and submit your application.
  • We review your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefits.
  • We check whether you worked enough years to qualify.
  • We evaluate any current work activities.
    We process your application and forward your case to the Disability Determination Services office in your state.
  • This State agency makes the disability determination decision.

To learn more about who decides if you are disabled, read our publication Disability Benefits .

Once You’ve Applied

Once we receive your application, we’ll review it and contact you if we have questions. We might request additional documents from you before we can proceed

Look For Our Response

You’ll receive a letter in the mail with our decision. If you included information about other family members when you applied, we’ll let you know if they may be able to receive benefits on your record.

Check The Status

You can check the status of your application online using your personal my Social Security account. If you are unable to check your status online, you can call us 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We offer free consultations for all Social Security Compensation cases.
Call: (602) 527-5808

Steps Involved In The Appeals Process

The appeals process can be intimidating to undertake if you are not familiar with state protocols. When you consult with our firm, we will examine your rejection letter, study your initial claim and develop an effective strategy for your SSD appeal.

We will remain by your side as you take these steps to appeal your rejection:



The first step to start your appeal is to submit what is known as a request for reconsideration. We can fill out the paperwork for you so that you do not have to worry about it. In reconsideration, a new case examiner will examine your file and determine if you are eligible for benefits.



If your request is denied or if the new case examiner denies you benefits, we can then request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, then go to the Social Security office to make copies of the agency’s file to prepare for your hearing.


At this point, it generally takes 12 to 16 months from the day you request a hearing to secure a hearing date. When the hearing takes place, you are proving your case to a judge, rather than a defense attorney. A judge is going to question you about your case. A good lawyer can help you prepare for those questions.

It is common for disability claims to be denied, and the appeals process can be lengthy and complex. With our assistance, you can rest assured that your paperwork is complete and submitted on time and that you are ready for your hearing.

Were You Denied Disability Benefits? We Can Help.

Helping You Get The Benefits You Deserve

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be a difficult burden to bear if you are alone in the process. When you work with the Messer Law Group, your case will be handled with the type of care and attention we would give to our own family members.

If you have questions on any aspect of the Social Security Disability process, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We offer free consultations for all Social Security cases. Call (602) 527-5808 or use the Contact Form on our website.

Someone from our team will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. Spanish translation services are available.

We know that your disability claim concerns are important; that is why we are available to answer your questions during the day or at night. Our lawyers answer client inquiries 24/7.

Call us at (602) 527-5808 or send us an email to schedule a free claim assessment. We proudly serve injured individuals throughout the state of Arizona. Connect with us today.

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