The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits under two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The medical requirements are the same for both programs, and whether a person's disability meets the requirements is determined by the same process. Eligibility for Social Security disability is based on prior work for which Social Security taxes were paid, whereas eligibility for SSI disability payments are made on the basis of financial need. Children as well as adults may be able to collect disability benefits.
Disability as defined by Social Security is based on your inability to do any substantial gainful activity for which you are suited by age, education, and experience. Also, your disability must be expected to last for at least a year or result in death. Unfortunately, it often is difficult to meet Social Security's definition of disability even when you are truly disabled. However, it is possible to appeal the decision. This is called asking for Reconsideration. If you are turned down again, you can request a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge to plead your case. I have successfully represented dozens of claimants who got their benefits -- after previously being denied over and over again.
You can feel comfortable calling me for help with your disability claim because I work on contingency --I get an attorney's fee only if I win your case and you collect back-due benefits. In fact, the original of your contract with us must be submitted to the Social Security Administration, which monitors these fee payments.* No check is issued until the attorney fee contract is submitted and approved by the Social Security Administration.
If you have not yet applied, but believe that you are qualified to receive benefits the process begins by applying. You should do this immediately. You can go to the nearest Social Security Office and apply or you can do so online. http://www.ssa.gov/ You should begin the process immediately – if you believe that you are entitled to benefits.
* This refers only to the attorney's fees and not to charges for medical records or other expenses incurred.
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