Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability Benefits?

SS-claimIf you can no longer work because of your medical conditions, or if your child is significantly limited by his or her medical conditions, you or your child may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

If you are over 65, disabled, blind, and have limited income and resources, you may be eligible to claim SSI benefits. This program is not only open to adults but also to children, with disabilities. To be eligible for SSDI, you must have worked and paid into the Social Security system for a certain amount of time, depending on your age at the time you became disabled. Once you satisfy these initial income, resource and work requirements, you then must meet SSA's strict definition of disability.

It can be challenging to know how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, and more often than not, how to appeal a denial of benefits. I can help answer your questions about SSDI/SSI claims. Call my firm, Blevins Law, LLC, in Bladensburg at 301-508-9623 to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your claim.

The Process For Securing SSDI/SSI Benefits Can Be Long And Complex

When you submit your Social Security Disability application for SSI and/or SSDI benefits, you are at the initial determination stage, and can expect to receive a decision in three to six months. If your SSI/SSDI application is denied, however, you can appeal that decision.

There are four levels of appeal in disability cases — reconsideration, administrative law judge hearing, appeals council review and filing a civil suit in federal court. After each denial, you have 60 days from the date you received the denial letter to file a Social Security appeal.

Even if you were approved for benefits, if you were not granted all the back benefits you asked for, you may be able to file an appeal. If you were receiving benefits while your Social Security Disability application was pending, called presumptive benefits, you will have to appeal within 10 days of the denial if you wish to continue receiving benefits pending your appeal.

Should I Hire An Attorney To Help Me With My Claim?

You may hire an attorney to help you at any stage of your claim for Social Security Disability benefits (SSI and SSDI). You do not (and should not) need to wait to be denied before hiring an attorney.

If you hire an attorney to represent you in your disability claim, anyone from SSA or DDS, and any other government or court representative, must speak with your attorney before they attempt to speak with you. Your attorney will be the middle person between you and SSA, and should provide SSA with any medical or other evidence SSA needs to approve your claim.

Your lawyer will only get paid if you are awarded back benefits. If you are not awarded back benefits, your lawyer will not receive a fee for his or her legal services. However, whether or not you are approved for benefits, your lawyer may require you to pay for expenses, such as any costs to obtain your medical records.

At Blevins Law, LLC, I help clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., with an insider's perspective. Are you struggling with your SSDI/SSI claim? Let my professional background reviewing SSI and SSDI applicants' claims work to your advantage. Email me or call my office today at 301-508-9623 to schedule a consultation.