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.
A few of the most common types of disabilities the SSA considers include:
Does your disability qualify for SSDI or SSI? For guidance, you can view SSA’s Listing of Impairments.
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:
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.
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:
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.
There are three ways to apply for SSDI benefits:
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.
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.
Veterans are at great risk for suffering a disability while on active duty or in training. Common disabilities service members experience include:
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.
Many disability benefits are available for veterans. These include:
An attorney can help veterans determine which benefits they qualify for.
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.