Social Security Disability
If you become totally disabled from performing any sort of work, you are entitled to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, many people with meritorious claims are denied benefits. Over the years, our law firm has been highly successful in appealing such cases and winning disability benefits for our clients. If SSA has denied your application for disability benefits, contact us immediately. We will do everything possible to help you win the benefits that you are entitled to. There are no legal fees or expenses unless you win.There are two types of federal disability benefits available to individuals who are totally disabled from work: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI is payable to disabled workers, disabled widows and widowers or adults disabled since childhood who are otherwise eligible. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must be unable to perform work of any kind and your disability must be expected to last at least one year or result in death. You must also have worked long enough and recently enough under the Social Security system. If you receive disability benefits, the benefits will not begin until six months after your disability began. The disability onset date is determined by the SSA. You also are required to wait two years from the date of disability before you can receive Medicare benefits.
The other type of disability benefits is Supplemental Security Income. SSI is an income assistance program for adults age 65+ or children who are disabled or blind, who have limited income and resources and who meet other eligibility requirements. The monthly benefits vary between states and the amount.
There are several ways to apply for benefits. First, you can file an application at a local SSA office. Second, you can call SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or its TTY connection at 1-800-325-0778. Third, you can apply online at http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.
SSA receives many claims for disability benefits. Because of the large volume of applications, it can take a long time to receive a decision. If your first application is denied, you have 60 days to request a reconsideration of your claim. If that application is denied, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
It will take several months before the ALJ hearing is scheduled. If the ALJ denies your claim, the next course of action is to file an appeal with the Appeals Council. The appeal must be filed within 60 days of the ALJ decision.
The Appeals Council will take about two years to review the ALJ's decision. If you are denied by the Appeals Council, you can file an appeal in Federal Court.