La Mesa, New Mexico is a small college town in Doña Ana County, along the Rio Grande River, just north of El Paso Texas. The word “mesa,” which means the high tableland, is derived from the Spanish word for “plateau” or “table,” which makes La Mesa a fitting name given its topography. La Mesa boasts pleasant weather during the winter and spring months, as well as a very affordable housing market.
Because the town’s population is under 1,000, La Mesa may be an underserved community when it comes to legal services. In particular, individuals who suffer injuries and illnesses that render then unable to work may face challenges obtaining disability benefits that are provided under federal government programs. Fortunately, residents of La Mesa have access to one of New Mexico’s premier disability attorneys, Kiel Roeschke, founder of Roeschke Law, LLC.
La Mesa Social Security Disability Benefits Attorney
At Roeschke Law, our practice focuses exclusively on helping clients obtain Social Security disability benefits. Knowing that living with a disability can be overwhelming, we will provide you with informed representation and patiently guide you through all aspects of obtaining disability benefits, from submitting an initial benefits claim, to disability appeals, and if necessary, representation in federal court.
Lead attorney Kiel Roeschke is quite knowledgeable in the eligibility rules for disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Knowing that navigating the federal bureaucracy while coping with a disability can be a burden, he can help to lift that burden with knowledge, compassion, and superior personal service. If you or a loved one is seeking disability benefits in La Mesa, Roeschke Law, LLC will stand by you every step of the way and help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.
What types of Disability Benefits are available in La Mesa, New Mexico?
The SSA offers two disability benefits programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI is designed to help disabled individuals who are older than 18, but under the age of 65, and cannot work. To be eligible for SSDI, however, it is necessary to have paid into the Social Security system through income tax deductions. Applicants for these disability benefits must also have the required number of work credits, based on their age.
SSI is only available to disabled individuals who are 65 or older or blind, but it is not necessary for them to have paid into the Social Security system. In addition, children younger than 18 who have qualifying medical conditions are also eligible. Because these benefits are means-tested, the applicant’s income and financial resources cannot exceed a strict threshold.
What is a disability under the SSA rules?
A disability is defined as a medical condition or impairment that has lasted or is expected to last, one year or more or result in death. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate that you cannot perform any substantial gainful activity (SGA). Finally, the SSA will also determine if you cannot do the same type of work that you previously performed, or whether you can perform another type of work.
Qualifying medical conditions that are included in the SSA’s official listing (the “Blue Book”), include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bone and joint pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Intellectual disability
- Personality disorder
If a medical condition is not included in the listing, disability benefits may still be available as long as the SSA determines the condition is medically equal to a listed impairment. At Roeschke Law, LLC, we have the know-how to help you obtain disability benefits for both listed and medically equivalent medical conditions.
How do I obtain disability benefits in La Mesa, New Mexico?
The disability benefits process begins when you file an application with a local SSA field office in New Mexico. While applications can be submitted in person, by phone or online, it is a lengthy and complicated process. The application must contain a substantial amount of information, including medical records prepared by your treating physician. If there are any mistakes or omissions, the claim will likely be denied. In fact, nearly two-thirds of initial applications are denied, often because the claimant did not acquire sufficient work credits or because the SSA determines the impairment is not a qualifying medical condition.
What happens if my disability benefits application is denied?
If your disability benefits claim has been denied, you will be notified by the SSA in a letter that explains the reasons for the denial. You will also be informed of your right to appeal the adverse determination. As distressing as this may be, you increase the likelihood of having your claim approved by having proper legal representation.
At Roeschke Law, LLC, we are highly experienced in all phases of the disability appeals process from Requests for Reconsideration to disability hearings. If the process is exhausted and your claim is still denied, Kiel Roeschke is also a capable trial attorney and well-prepared to represent you in federal court.
Contact Our Experienced La Mesa Social Security Disability Benefits Attorney
At Roeschke Law, LLC, we truly understand the challenges facing the disabled, not the least of which is navigating the federal bureaucracy and obtaining vital disability benefits. When you become our client, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled. You should know that we will not charge any attorneys’ until your disability benefits claim prevails. Please contact us today for a free consultation.