Social Security Disability benefits are an important safety net for people who can’t work because of an injury, illness, or medical condition. The benefits offer cash payments to those whose claims are approved. Here are some of the most common questions for people considering filing a benefits claim.
Who is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Benefits are available for anyone who is unable to perform what the Social Security Administration calls “substantial gainful activity” because of an injury, illness or other medical condition. The SSA determines your ability to perform your current job or other jobs likely to be available by gauging what it calls “residual functional capacity,” or the ability to work despite an impairment.
What’s the Difference Between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
SSI benefits are available for adults and children who are disabled or blind and have limited income and resources. SSDI benefits are for disabled persons, their spouses and children, regardless of income and resources, if the disabled person has made sufficient payments into the Social Security system.
How Do I Apply for Benefits?
To obtain benefits, you have to file an application with the Social Security Administration. The application is initially reviewed by a state office to determine if you are eligible for benefits.
What Happens if the SSA Rejects My Application?
You have the right to appeal the decision. That starts with asking the SSA to reconsider the decision, which you must do within 60 days to keep the appeal alive. You can also request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, which is often the best opportunity to prove your case. Additional appeals to the SSA Appeals Council and a federal court are also options.
How Can an Experienced Attorney Help me Get Benefits?
A seasoned Social Security disability benefits lawyer can gather all of the necessary evidence and present it to the SSA in the most convincing fashion. Lawyers who focus on disability cases often understand what the agency is looking for when it decides whether to approve benefits. An attorney can also argue your case in front of the Administrative Law Judge, if necessary.
Talk With a Garden City SSI Attorney Can Help You
If you or a loved one is considering seeking Social Security Disability benefits, it’s vital that you get the advice and counsel of a seasoned lawyer. A Garden City SSI attorney with Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco has significant experience helping people prepare, file, and defend disability benefits claims. We also have a record of proven success in the application process.
Our lawyers pride themselves on the personal attention that we give to each and every client. Attorneys work directly with clients to understand their unique individual circumstances and craft an approach that meets their needs.
To schedule an appointment with a Garden City SSI attorney at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, call 855-208-7852 or contact us online. We offer a free consultation, with convenient office locations in Garden City, as well as New York City, Shirley, Riverhead, and Ronkonkoma.