Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
A: In order to receive SSDI, you must have suffered an impairment or illness that renders you unable to work due to total disability. If you are unable to work or unable to shift over to a new line of work, and your disability runs the risk of lasting over one year or resulting in death within that year, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. If you quality, you will receive benefits on a monthly basis.
Q: What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
A: SSI provides money to assist in the basic living needs of those who are disabled or blind, or who are 65 years of age or older. Other factors considered by the Social Security Administration include your citizenship status, place of residency, income, financial resources and more.
Q: Am I eligible for SSDI or SSI?
A: You must meet several requirements to be eligible for benefits. The best way to determine your eligibility is to talk to a licensed social security disability lawyer or to apply for benefits directly with the Social Security Administration.
Q: Why do I need a lawyer?
A: You can apply for social security benefits without a lawyer. However, eligibility requirements are very specific and incomplete or inaccurate applications are routinely denied. A social security disability lawyer can help evaluate your eligibility and complete the application process for you.
Q: I was denied. What can I do now?
A: If you applied for social security benefits and were denied, you have the right to appeal. Your appeal must be made in writing and must be filed within 60 days from the date you received your notice denial. A licensed social security disability lawyer can help review the basis for the denial to determine what needs to be done on appeal to increase your chances of success. Complete the request form today and have local social security disability lawyers contact you directly to discuss your case free of charge.