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If you are sick or have suffered an injury or disability and cannot work, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits are available to individuals in Tappahannock who are unable to work for at least one year because of their disability.
Unfortunately, these benefits are not easy to obtain. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies 70 percent of these applications every year, but many people with valid claims go on to recover benefits through the appeals process.
Has your application been denied? You can appeal the decision – and you should do that right away, because you only have 60 days to appeal.
Your best bet is to call the Tappahannock disability lawyers at Mark & Harrison today. Our disability lawyers can help you through the complex claims and appeals processes. Our goal is to help you get the benefits you need and deserve.
What Are the Most Common Forms of Disability?
A few of the most common types of disabilities the SSA considers include:
- Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disabilities, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and back pain
- Mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders such as depression or bipolar, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder or OCD, schizophrenia, autism, and Asperger’s syndrome
- Cardiac and circulatory disorders, such as high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, heart failure, and coronary artery disease
- Certain types of cancers
- Problems with the nervous system and sense organs, including Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, neuralgia, sciatica, neuropathy, and blindness
- Autoimmune system disorders
- Respiratory conditions, including COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, or asthma
Does your disability qualify for SSDI or SSI? For guidance, you can view SSA’s Listing of Impairments.
How Do I Know If I Qualify for Disability Benefits?
There is no way to determine if you qualify for disability benefits until you apply. However, the SSA will use several guidelines when evaluating your claim. These include:
- The severity of your disability.
- Whether If your disability meets the requirements in its Listing of Impairments.
- Whether you are able to do the same type of work you did in the past 15 years, and whether you can do any other type of employment.
If you are working or are able to work, you do not qualify for SSDI. Additionally, you must have accumulated a certain amount of work benefits to qualify for SSDI benefits. In contrast, SSI eligibility is based on your financial situation instead of the taxes you paid.
What Is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits?
If you have a disability, it’s important that you apply for the right type of benefits. Social Security disability insurance benefits, or SSDI, are available for individuals who:
- Have a recognized disability.
- Are unable to work.
- Have accumulated a certain number of work credits.
On the other hand, SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is available for low-income individuals who are blind, disabled, or 65 years of age or older.
How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?
There are three ways to apply for SSDI benefits:
- Visit your local Social Security office.
- Apply over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213.
- Apply online through the SSA’s website.
What Can I Do If My Social Security Disability Benefits Claim Is Denied?
If your application for SSDI is denied, several levels of appeal are available, and the benefits you need can still be obtained.
The first appeal is a request for reconsideration, which asks the SSA to review your claim. At this point, you can include more information that may help your claim.
If you are not approved at this point, you can then request a disability hearing. At the hearing, you will present your case to an administrative law judge (ALJ).
If the judge does not rule in your favor, you can take your case to the Appeals Council. If the Appeals Council also denies your claim, you can take your appeal to federal court.
How Much Can I Get in Social Security Disability Benefits?
Without fully reviewing your claim, no one can determine how much you are eligible to receive in benefits. The SSA will determine the of benefits you qualify for by determining how much taxes you paid in your lifetime.
On average, disabled individuals receive between approximately $800 and $1,800. If you are already receiving other disability benefits, this could affect the amount of benefits the SSA provides.
What Are Some of the Most Common Disabilities Suffered by Veterans?
Veterans are at great risk for suffering a disability while on active duty or in training. Common disabilities service members experience include:
- Paralysis of the sciatic nerve
- Limitation of motion in the ankle
- Limitation of flexion of the knee
- Lumbar and cervical strains
- Severe scars
- Bilateral hearing loss
- Degenerative arthritis of the spine
How Do You Qualify for VA Disability Benefits?
When veterans are unable to work due to a service-related condition, they may qualify for VA disability benefits. To qualify, the disability must have been sustained during active service or training. VA disability benefits may also be available to spouses of service members who passed away while they were on active duty or in training.
What Disability Benefits Are Available for Veterans?
Many disability benefits are available for veterans. These include:
- Disability compensation
- Disability pension
- Educational assistance
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Life insurance
- Home loan programs
- Renovation expenses for a veteran’s home or vehicle to accommodate the disability
An attorney can help veterans determine which benefits they qualify for.
Talk to a Tappahannock Disability Lawyer Now
When individuals sustain a disability, whether they are civilians or veterans, they often qualify for disability benefits. However, these benefits are not easy to obtain.
If you have suffered a disability, call our Tappahannock disability lawyers at Mark & Harrison today. We know how to help persons with disabilities obtain the benefits they need. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our disability attorneys.