A Social Security Lawyer in Dunn, N.C., Can be Your Best Advocate When Seeking Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes certain benefits available for those who are no longer able to work through two different, federally funded programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Although similar, these two programs are geared towards different types of applicants, and generally you can qualify for only one of these. Before you even begin the process of applying, it's important that you establish which program you qualify for. To maximize your chances of success the first time around, speak with a Social Security disability lawyer in Dunn, who will be your advocate throughout the process.
Qualifying for Social Security Benefits
Both programs use a combination of medical and non-medical disability criteria to determine if you are eligible for either SSDI or SSI.
To qualify for SSDI, you must be considered "insured" by SSA, which means that you need to have earned enough work credits through Social Security to meet the minimum standard of eligibility.
SSI, on the other hand, is available to anyone, regardless of SSA work credits, provided that their income and assets are below a certain threshold.
Demonstrating financial need is, however, only one component of the qualification process. The most difficult aspect of applying for SSDI or SSI benefits comes down to proving that your medical condition is a disability according to the Social Security Administration.
The SSA uses a Listing of Impairments guide and compares the symptoms and conditions of the applicant to those listed in the guide; typically, if you can meet the criteria from the listing, you generally will be approved.
However, this is not always possible, but your benefits can still be approved if you demonstrate that your condition is severe enough that you are unable to work to support yourself. For instance, serious migraines are not a part of the Listing, but if you can show that the problem is severe enough that it has consistently interfered with your ability to hold a job, then you can be approved.
Have you been denied Social Security benefits?
If you have already tried to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits, and you have been denied, do not give up on your claim.
In fact, the SSA has reported that more than 75% of initial claims are denied, and that 80% of claims are denied in the appeals process. However, the disability attorneys in Dunn from Brent Adams & Associates understand how and why claims are denied, and we know that it isn't until the second appeal when you get to present your case before an Administrative Law Judge that you have the best chance of being approved.
If you've been denied benefits, speak with a Social Security lawyer from our Dunn office about what we can do for you in the appellate process to ensure that you receive the benefits you need and deserve. Contact us and schedule a FREE consultation with a disability advocates at our Dunn, Fayetteville, or Raleigh offices at 1-800-849-5931.