The first question on many people's minds is whether or not they qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, there can be no easy answer. When you visit our Florida firm, we will analyze the facts of your matter and assist you in accurately determining your position.
Evaluating Your Eligibility
The Social Security Administration considers a number of different factors when evaluating your claim. These vary depending upon the type of benefits for which you are applying. However, it is important to note that you can qualify for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income at the same time. You can and should apply for both.
Five major considerations will be your:
- Social Security record: You must have been employed for a certain number of years and have paid Social Security taxes to meet the minimum requirements for SSD.
- Income: You must demonstrate that you are financially destitute to qualify for SSI. This will require reporting your property value and disclosing all bank accounts.
- Medical condition: Your condition must preclude you from working for at least a year. Further, it must be in accordance with the Social Security Administration's list of mental and physical impairments.
- Age: If you are 50 years or older, you are considered to be approaching advanced age. This will be taken into account when examining the jobs (if any) that are open to you.
- Education and transferable work skills: If you have a low level of education and non-transferable work skills, the administration may determine that obtaining alternative employment is not a viable option.
Contact a Brandon Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer
Determining if you qualify for SSI or SSD benefits can be confusing, and is almost never clear cut. Contact an attorney with our firm for a free consultation. We can help you understand your options, and discern your eligibility.