Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can happen that could impair your ability to work and earn an income. Living without a consistent source of income can be difficult or even seem impossible. Things such as an injury, illness or some other type of impairment could cause you or a loved one to become unable to perform the job. In these cases, it is important to know your rights and ask for the help you need by applying for Social Security Disability.
The process of applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is a confusing and sometimes lengthy process, and in some cases, these claims are denied. The stress and long wait to receive the benefits you deserve can be overwhelming. If you or a loved one have encountered difficulties obtaining the benefits you are entitled to, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. At the Law Office of Steven M. Fried, P.A., we have over a decade of experience representing clients just like you. Let us put that experience to work for you, and contact us today at (954) 792-9LAW for your FREE, no obligation consultation.
Do You Qualify For SSD or SSI?
The short answer is that SSD and SSI are two different programs with different qualification requirements. Let’s look into both.
Social Security Disability
Also known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program funded by your tax dollars. It is designed to give monthly benefits to people with a medically proven disability or disabilities that affect their ability to be employed. This disability can be either physical or mental, but it must be backed up by the findings of your doctor. To qualify for SSD benefits, it must be shown to be more than a short term condition, meaning you can show that it will persist for longer than a year in most cases. Another key factor is your work history. SSD payment is based on the credits you earn through your previous working history, and taxes paid on your earnings. However, there are some cases where payment may be based on a parent or spouse’s income history.
Supplemental Security Income
Sometimes known as Social Security Income or SSI is a program funded by the U.S. Treasury, it is designed to offer supplemental money to disabled children and adults, as well as those age 65 or older. Additionally, to qualify, you need to have income or resources below a certain level. In some cases you might be eligible for both SSDI and SSI if you meet the previous working history requirements, as well as the current maximum income or resources requirements. There is, however, no requirement that you have a qualifying work history to receive SSI benefits.
Should You Hire a Disability Attorney?
If you are asking yourself this question, the answer is almost definitely yes. At the Law office of Steven M. Fried, P.A., we are committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients. Having an experienced attorney not only gives you the peace of mind, but can also speed up the extremely long process of application for your benefits. Hiring the right help with your case can make the difference between receiving and being denied your claim for benefits. So please don’t wait and contact us today. We work on a contingency basis, which means we only accept payment when we are successful in securing your claim. Contact our offices for your no cost consultation which can be done in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
My Benefits Claim Was Denied, What Should I Do?
In 2020, the Social Security Administration denied 61% of initial claims made, so if you believe you have a valid claim to benefits, you should contact an experienced attorney right away. There are many levels of appeals that can be made to ensure you get the benefits you deserve. This process can be complicated, so it is important that you find an attorney who is familiar with Social Security Disability policy to represent you and your claim.
If you believe you or a loved one qualifies for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, even if your claim has been denied, it’s not too late to ask for help. Let our legal team with over a decade of experience with cases just like yours assist you by making this process a little bit easier. Contact the Law Office of Steven M. Fried, P.A., at (954) 792-9LAW today for your FREE, no obligation consultation.