“Sam is a highly skilled and conscientious attorney who will put in the time and effort it takes to analyze voluminous medical records and apply them to a deep knowledge of the Social Security Administration’s regulations to win his hearings and disability appeals.”
There are two types of disability benefits available through the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). One is based on your work history (SSDI), the other is a need-based program (SSI). Both programs offer benefits for disabled individuals, but their eligibility requirements and levels of benefits are different. Attorney Samuel E. Earley can help you determine if you qualify for either or both programs.
How to Qualify for SSDI
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), two basic areas are reviewed: your work history and your disabling condition(s).
Your Work Record
The Social Security Administration examines your work history for the type and duration of work. Basically, you must have a record of working and paying into Social Security at least five to ten years prior to becoming disabled. The longer you have worked and paid into the program, the better chance you have of gaining the highest benefits.
Your Disabling Condition
The SSA considers a qualifying disability as a medical condition expected to last longer than one year and/or result in death. You will also be asked questions about your disability and the conditions under which it came about. There is also an SSA-approved list of disabling conditions that must include your disablement.
Our experienced SSD attorneys can help you determine your eligibility, file, and claim, and prepare for the claims process by gathering all the necessary resources. Contact us today for more information or assistance.
How to Qualify for SSI
In order to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), applicants must be at least age 65, blind or disabled, and meet certain citizenship or naturalization and residential requirements. There are also resource and income thresholds you cannot go over for eligibility.
These calculations are specific and can become complicated. For example, there are basic asset and income caps, but only certain things are counted as assets or income. Your primary home is not counted, but the first $65 of any monthly income is counted, along with one dollar out of every two after that.
An experienced SSI attorney can help you with the necessary calculations as well as provide advice on how to legally shield some of your assets from SSI calculations. Contact us today for a free consultation about your SSI eligibility.
Different Benefits from Different Programs
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides benefits to everyone equally based on need. It is administered by the Social Security Administration but is funded by general tax dollars and not Social Security. Many states also add a supplemental benefit to SSI recipients.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to those disabled persons who have a history of work and contributions into the Social Security program. Benefits are calculated according to a weighted formula that depends on your length of work and the total amount of contributions to date.
Samuel E. Earley, Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer
Attorney Sam Earley can help you determine your eligibility and file a claim for SSDI or SSI. Our skilled and experienced team knows how to prepare disability claims that give you the best possible chance of success, including avoiding common pitfalls that result in rejections. We will work hard to help you make a successful claim for SSDI or SSI. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled disability attorneys.