Social Security Disability

Supplemental Security Income in a Nutshell.

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) runs two disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Although they may sound the same, they are not. Social Security Disability Insurance provides disability benefits for people who have worked up to 15 years and who have paid into the federal social security tax system (the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or “FICA”) before becoming disabled. On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program that does not require any work experience at all. Here is some basic information about SSI: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI provides financial support for people —including those who are disabled—who...

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Why it is a Good Idea To Be Represented By Counsel When You Apply for Disability Benefits.

One of the first things people who are applying for or have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) want to know, is whether or not they need a lawyer. The answer is (unless you are appealing a denial to federal court) no, you don’t need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits. But you stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits if you have one. Don’t believe us? Consider this… The Application. Applying for SSDI is not simple process. You cannot just fill out the forms to the best of your memory, sit back, and hope to be awarded benefits....

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What Do You Need to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

For some, a catastrophic injury, disease or illness can result in total disability—interfering with everyday tasks and making it impossible to work full-time or consistently enough to earn a living. Very often, a person’s only option is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). How to Qualify for Disability Benefits. It takes more than filling out an application online to be awarded disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) requires anyone applying for disability benefits meet their “eligibility criteria.” Generally speaking, there are 2 main eligibility criteria: You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” and You must have worked...

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