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Individuals who sustain a disability so severe that it keeps them from working for one year or more are often eligible for Social Security disability benefits. When a former member of the military sustains a disability related to their service, they can apply for veterans’ benefits.
Even when an individual qualifies for these benefits though, they are not easy to obtain. A Fredericksburg disability lawyer can help disabled individuals through the process so they secure the benefits they need.
Contact Marks & Harrison now for a free consultation about your rights regarding disability benefits.
What Are the Most Common Forms of Disability?
Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) has an extensive list of disabilities individuals can receive benefits, some of the most common forms of disability include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Although these are the most common forms of disabilities, there are many others. Anyone who has suffered a disability should speak to our Fredericksburg disability lawyers who can help them determine if their disability qualifies for benefits.
How Do I Know If I Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Not everyone qualifies for disability benefits, but there are some guidelines to determine if you do. These include:
- You are disabled. If you cannot work due to your condition, you are considered disabled. If you are able to work, you will not qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
- You have sufficient work credits. In order to claim disability benefits, you must have accumulated enough work credits. These vary depending on the age of the applicant.
- You cannot perform other types of work. If you can no longer perform the functions your former job required but you are able to perform other types of work, you may not qualify for SSDI benefits.
An attorney can review your case and determine if you qualify for benefits, and help you secure them if you do.
What Is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits?
Many people confuse the terms SSDI and SSI and use them interchangeably. This is not correct, as the two programs vary greatly from each other. The biggest difference between these two types of benefits is that SSDI benefits are available to disabled individuals who are unable to work and have obtained enough work credits to qualify. SSI benefits are available to low-income individuals who are not able to work and do not have enough work credits to collect SSDI.
How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?
There are several ways you can apply for Social Security disability benefits. You can apply at your local Social Security office, online, or over the phone. Our Fredericksburg disability lawyers can help ensure that your application is complete and filed correctly.
Is There a Maximum Amount of Money I Can Receive from Disability Payments?
The SSA will calculate your monthly benefits by using your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) and your Primary Insurance Amount (PIA). The average SSDI benefit amount is $1,258, although high income earners can receive as much as $3,011 in monthly benefits as of 2020.
What Can I Do if My Social Security Disability Benefits Claim Is Denied?
If your application for SSDI is denied, it is important that you do not give up. That is a mistake too many applicants make. If your claim is denied you can appeal the decision. Many valid claims are rejected at first, but the applicants go on to receive benefits through successful appeals. There are many steps involved in the appeals process, so it is important to speak to a Fredericksburg disability lawyer who can help you through each of them.
How Much Can I Get in Social Security Disability Benefits?
The amount of benefits you can receive from SSDI will vary depending on a number of different factors including how much you have paid into the Social Security system. Every year the SSA will send you a statement defining how much money you would be entitled to if you collected SSDI. This statement is the best way to determine disability benefits you are qualified to receive.
What Are Some of the Most Common Disabilities Suffered by Veterans?
Examples of disabilities that are commonly suffered by veterans include:
- Degenerative arthritis of the spine
- Limitation of motion of the ankle
- Paralysis of the sciatic nerve
- Lumbar and cervical strains
- Limitation of flexion of the knee
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bilateral hearing loss
Although these are among the most common disabilities suffered by veterans, there are many others that may qualify veterans for disability benefits.
How Do You Qualify for VA Disability Benefits?
To qualify for VA disability benefits you must have sustained the disability during service or inactive duty training. Spouses of service members that died while on active duty, or active or inactive duty for training may also receive VA disability benefits.
What Disability Benefits Are Available for Veterans?
There are many different types of disability benefits that are available for veterans. These include:
- VA disability compensation benefits
- VA pensions for low-income veterans and survivors
- Adaptive housing grants
- Disabled veteran housing assistance
- Vehicle modifications and training for veterans with disabilities
Our Fredericksburg VA disability benefits attorneys can help you determine which benefits you qualify for and help you secure the full amount you need.
Talk to a Fredericksburg Disability Lawyer Now
If you have suffered a disability, you may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits, but these can be very difficult to obtain. At Marks & Harrison, our Fredericksburg disability attorneys can give you the best chance of success with your claim so you receive the benefits you need.
Call us or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.