Social Security & Disability Benefits

Social Security Benefits – Types & SSD Application Process

We assist clients in disputes concerning their Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). I provide advice about the eligibility for these programs and represent the clients so that they become eligible to obtain benefits before the Social Security Administration and in court.

Types of Benefits Available – SSDI & SSI

The government offers two main types of benefits to those who are disabled.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

    The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI). SSDI is a benefit, which is earned by paying into the system through income tax contributions.

    It does not matter how much money you have paid into the system; only the duration of your payments is measured. If you have paid in for a sufficient number of quarters annually, you are eligible for this benefit, regardless of your financial situation.

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    The second type of disability benefit provided by the government is Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). SSI is available to those with limited financial resources who are disabled and therefore unable to work.

    This program is means-tested, so even those who have never worked may be eligible. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for SSI; even permanent legal residents can apply.

Should I hire an attorney to help with my disability case?

The short answer is yes. Social Security benefits are not easy to obtain. You are getting involved in a tedious administrative process. First, you need to determine which program you are eligible for SSDI or SSI, or both.

You must then file an initial Social Security Disability application, which needs to include sufficient background information and documents required for evidence. If you do not do these things, your Social Security claim will be denied.

Even when you submit a complete application with all the necessary documentation, your claim may be denied. If you have received a denial, you may be able to appeal the decision.

The appeals process can be even more complicated than the initial application process. Therefore, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney with the Social Security process to guide you.

How Does The SSD Application Process Work?

Your application will be submitted to a local Disability Determination Services (DDS) office for review. To give you the best chance of a favorable decision at the initial level, we can help you with your initial application. Then you will receive a written notice from Social Security when once there is a decision passed on your claim.

If your initial application is not accepted, you must file an appeal within 60 days, or you will lose your right to appeal, and your latest decision will become final. However, you have every right to challenge an adverse determination, and James Smith is here to help you.

We Charge No Fee Unless We Win

We understand the financial and emotional hardship of having a painful, debilitating illness or injury that forces you to stop working.  As your attorney, James Smith will represent your case on a contingency basis. This means that we do not charge an attorney fee unless you win your case and receive the benefits that you deserve.

Avail Your Benefits!