Millions of Americans depend upon Social Security Disability benefits to cover food, housing and other basic expenses. These benefits are dispersed under two separate income replacement programs, known as Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Depending upon the nature of your circumstances, you may qualify for one or both.
Social Security Disability benefits are designed to replace income that is lost due to long-term illness or injury. Your medical condition must prevent or be expected to prevent you from engaging in substantial, gainful employment for one year or more.
Once your claim has been approved, benefits are paid to you in monthly installments. You may also receive back benefits that can go as far back as one year from the date your initial application was filed. These back benefits will be awarded to you in one lump sum.
You only qualify for SSD benefits if you have paid a set amount of Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes after the age of 21. To determine if this type of income replacement program is available to you, contact our firm. A qualified attorney can help you evaluate your circumstances and explain the application process.
Supplemental Security Income pays monthly benefits to those who are disabled or who are age 65 or older. You must demonstrate significant financial need in order to qualify for SSI disability. This may entail valuing your assets and disclosing the amount of money in your bank account.
The standard for disability is the same as that required for SSD. However, SSI is a federal welfare program. Benefits are not paid through the Social Security fund, but come from general revenues.
Bradenton Supplemental Security Income Attorney
Successfully handling SSD/SSI claims can take a great deal of time and effort. But at The Golden Law Group, our dedicated lawyers will handle your case from start to finish. Your claim does not need to be denied before we can help.
Contact our Florida firm today for professional, personalized assistance from a Brandon Social Security and disability attorney.