Did you know that more than 65 percent of all applications for government disability benefits are denied on the first try because of preventable errors?
If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if your application has already been denied, it is a good idea to speak with a disability law attorney.
An SSD and SSI lawyer can help cut through the red tape.
If a disabling injury or other medical condition is preventing you from holding a job, you undoubtedly need financial help to cover a variety of costs. This is where disability benefits come in, but getting the benefits you need and deserve can be complicated.
Many applications for SSD or SSI are denied because of inadequate medical evidence or other mistakes in the application process. Errors on the part of Social Security are also not uncommon.
An attorney with experience in this complex area of law can help ensure that all of the evidentiary bases are covered, and that you receive the full measure of benefits to which you are entitled.
Understanding SSD and SSI
SSD and SSI are two separate programs that provide monthly benefits. Here are some important differences between the two programs:
- Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to people with sufficient work history. To be eligible, your disability must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. It provides benefits for people with limited resources. SSI is also available to people who don't have enough work history to receive SSD benefits, and children with disabilities can be recipients of SSI.
In these matters, the importance of having a disability law attorney on your side cannot be overstated. Whether you need to file an initial claim or appeal a denied one, an SSD and SSI lawyer can help you get the disability benefits you deserve.