Social Security Disability
Social Security disability benefits are benefits provided by the Social Security Administration to eligible individuals who are disabled. There are two types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits entitle eligible individuals to a monthly income in an effort for the individual to have a better quality of life. Both adults and children are eligible for benefits.
What are the differences between SSI and SSDI?
In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked enough quarters and have paid Social Security taxes to become insured for benefits. The monthly payment amount is based on the Social Security earnings record of the insured worker.
To qualify for SSI benefits, a disabled or blind, adult or child must have limited income and resources, be a U.S. citizen or national, and live in the United States. The monthly payment is based on need and varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate.
The First Step: APPLY
If you feel you are disabled and qualify for benefits, the first step is to apply. You can either apply for disability benefits online through the Social Security website, or you may go to your local Social Security Office and apply in person.
Note: This first step may be done absent an attorney without any prejudicial effect to you or your case. However an attorney can help with the paperwork and in obtaining the proper medical documentation to assist you in receiving your benefits as quickly as possible.
The Social Security Administration is a federal entity and thus, when you are denied a benefit by them, you are entitled to know the reasons why they denied you and also have the right to appeal their denial. However, the appeals process can be very long and complicated, and thus hiring an attorney to guide and assist you with the process will be very helpful to insure that your rights are protected and you receive the benefits that you are rightly entitled to.
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits and feel that you are entitled to them.
Please feel free to contact me at 561-932-1686 to set up an appointment.
*You only have 60 days from the date on the Notice of Decision letter to appeal the Social Security denial*