Being accepted as a recipient for Social Security disability benefits is essential if you are prevented from participating in gainful activity as a result of your disability.
However, the process of applying for and being accepted for benefits can be both confusing and tedious, and is best navigated with the assistance of an experienced Libertyville Social Security disability lawyer.
There are two types of Social Security disability programs that are sponsored by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), each of which has its own requirements for eligibility. These two program types are:
– Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI); and
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSDI benefits are intended for those who are disabled, unable to work, and have earned work credits during their working years under Social Security prior to their disability. In order to be eligible for these benefits, the applicant must have a disability that is severe and disabling and is expected to last for at least 12 months, and must not earn more than the SSDI income limit (which changes annually based on cost of living adjustments).
SSI benefits, on the other hand, are for those who are blind, disabled, or aged and who are of limited income and resources. SSI benefits are not contingent on the applicant’s work record or earned Social Security work credits. In fact, even children can apply and qualify for SSI benefits.
The first step to applying for Social Security disability benefits is meeting with a qualified Social Security disability attorney who can competently represent you and assist you in the application process. The application for Social Security disability benefits is very thorough, and forgetting to fill out a single section or making a minor error can result in a denial of benefits. Because acceptance of a claim is based largely on the extent of an applicant’s disability, ensuring that an application is complete with all relevant medical evidence is critical.
If your claim is denied following the initial application, you have the right to initiate an appeal. If you have not already hired a lawyer for representation, you should do so during the appeal’s process to improve the chances of your claim being approved.
At The Comerford Law Office, LLC, our knowledgeable Libertyville Social Security disability attorneys care about you and your future, and we know the impact that an approved – or a denied – claim for benefits can have on your life. For counsel that you can count on and services you can trust, contact our talented legal team today at 312-863-8572. We will work hard on your behalf!