Social Security Disability Benefits

SSI & SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Unfortunately, receiving Social Security Disability Insurance is a long, drawn-out process. And, most people are denied when first applying for benefits.

Upon denial, you have 60 days to appeal, and there are multiple levels of appeals. Because it could take years to qualify for benefits, it is wise to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance as soon as you discover that your disability will keep you from working. To be approved, detailed paperwork, medical records, and proper documentation are required. An experienced lawyer, who knows the requirements and is effective in presenting the details of your case, can save you lots of time and frustration.

What Is Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”

Government Benefits Programs

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are the two most well-known Social Security disability benefits programs. SSDI is only available to people who have worked and paid social security taxes, whereas SSI is not based on the individual’s tax payments. Rather, SSI is based on need. As such, people with little to no income source may qualify for SSI. Generally, the blind, severely handicapped, and senior citizens over 65 are the three groups capable of receiving SSI benefits.

Widows or widowers over 50 years of age who become disabled within a certain time after their spouse dies may qualify for Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits (provided that their deceased spouse was insured under Social Security).

Children of parents who become disabled or die may be eligible for benefits until they reach 22 years of age.

How Can You Afford a Lawyer?

If you are disabled and not working, you may wonder how you can afford to hire a lawyer. In SSDI and SSI cases, attorney fees are federally regulated by the Social Security Administration. When benefits are determined, the legal expenses come out of the benefits payment. If you receive no benefits, you owe us nothing.

Let us help you get the full cash recovery you deserve. Call us today (606) 477-HALL.

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