When you can’t work because of an injury, illness or disability you may be able to claim Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The program has specific guidelines and a sometimes lengthy approval process. A shockingly high percentage of disability claims are denied at first and need to be appealed with the help of a lawyer. Since a SSD case is often complex and confusing, a Westminster social security & disability attorney may be needed to help you get the coverage you need.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?
If you have worked and paid into the Social Security program and have become injured or impaired and are unable to work, you may quality for SSD benefits. While every case is different, you generally need to be completely disabled and unable to perform the job you did in the past or any other type of work.
The illness or injury also needs to be permanent or long term to qualify for coverage and can be physical or mental in nature. You’ll need to be diagnosed by a doctor and have medical evidence to support your claim. SSD is not available for short term disability.
Types of Social Security Disability
There are two different forms of Social Security Disability; one may suit your needs better than the other:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is available to if you paid into the Social Security program and are unable to work
- Social Security Income (SSI): Benefits are paid from taxes and this is a needs-based program, you do not have to have paid into Social Security to qualify.
A Westminster Social Security & Disability Attorney
Social Security law is complex and it can be difficult to work through the process on your own. Since so many initial claims are denied, an attorney may be needed to help ensure you are treated fairly. If you have become disabled and have been denied benefits or simply need to learn more about your Social Security Disability claim, we can help. Contact us to learn more about the process and to talk about your specific needs. Having a disability attorney on your side can provide much needed peace of mind and ensure your rights are protected as you work through this complex process.