Social Security supplies two separate programs for those individuals who have a disability and require supplemented assistance to compensate for their inability to work. These two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To learn more about whether or not you qualify, reach out to a Social Security disability lawyer in Fayetteville.
SSDI is intended for those who have worked for a qualifying number of years and paid taxes into Social Security. When the person is determined to be disabled, he or she will receive monthly benefits, regardless of additional income or assets.
SSI, on the other hand, is a needs-based program and is intended for those who are disabled, even those who have not worked or paid Social Security taxes. An individual can qualify for SSI only if he or she has less than a certain amount of income and assets.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Assistance
The first condition of receiving SSDI or SSI is that you must be incapable of performing gainful activity due to some mental or physical impairment that is anticipated to last more than 12 months or that could end in death. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a Listing of Impairments that describes qualifying conditions and their severity.
In general, the goal of a Social Security application is to demonstrate that your symptoms are equivalently severe to those described in the book – doing so essentially guarantees that your disability benefits application will be approved. So it’s useful to be familiar with the listing guide before you apply.
Alternatively, another way to demonstrate need is to show that your condition is severe enough that you are incapable of working and earn only a small monthly income that cannot support you.
As part of your application for Social Security disability benefits, you are required to provide details on both your medical condition and your income. Due to the complex and constantly changing nature of medical science, not every applicant can demonstrate thoroughly that his or her debilitating condition is a textbook example of what is in the Listing of Impairments.
As a result, some applicants aim to demonstrate that their condition is severe enough that it precludes them from earning an income significant enough to support them. The maximum allowable income that an applicant may earn and still qualify for benefits is currently set at $1,000 prior to taxes.
In addition to checking your monthly income, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will also check your job history for the past 15 years to see if you are qualified to perform any other jobs you’ve held previously. If not, the SSA will evaluate whether or not you are capable of performing any other gainful work, taking factors such as age, education and past skills into account.
If your claim is denied when you apply for benefits, it’s important to contact a Social Security lawyer immediately for assistance in filing an appeal – re-applying will only result in another denial.
Help from a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Fayetteville
If you are sick, injured and unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits. Even if you have already applied for benefits and was denied, one of our attorneys still may be able to help you; in fact, more than half of the disability claims that are initially denied are approved in the appeals process.
Contact the Social Security disability attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates and schedule a FREE consultation to get your questions answered at no cost and with no commitments or obligations – 1-800-849-5931.