Social Security disability

Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration pays benefits to individuals who are disabled - those who cannot work because of physical or mental limitations. There are different types of benefits, and many different factors, that must be considered in the process of a disability claim. Stanley H. Less has the knowledge and experience to meet the significant challenges of this process, handle all of the complex governmental requirements, and get the benefits that are right for you.

One type of benefit is called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is a monthly payment provided by Social Security, and may apply to you if your income is low, and you have almost no property. SSI payments are usually a very modest amount per month. Recipients of SSI may be aged (65 or older), blind, or otherwise disabled.

Another type of benefit is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI). SSD is funded by payroll taxes, which most workers pay into for many years. SSD is the type of benefit appropriate for most of our clients. Monthly SSD payments are usually higher than SSI payments. SSD may be paid either temporarily or permanently, depending on the nature of the individual's disability.

The Social Security Administration has four requirements that individuals must meet to be eligible for SSD:

(1) They have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from engaging in any "substantial gainful activity."

(2) That condition is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death.

(3) They are under the age of 65.

(4) They have accumulated 20 Social Security credits in the last 10 years before the disability. (Most people who have worked at least 5 out of those 10 years will meet this requirement) .

As simple as these requirements may seem, the majority of SSI and SSD claims, more than 60 percent, are denied in the initial stages. As a result, most claims must go to a hearing with an administrative law judge, before individuals can get any benefits. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney to represent you. You will need a qualified lawyer, who can carefully focus on your unique case, develop it to the greatest advantage, and navigate through the long, difficult claims procedure. Don't let the government deny your rightful compensation. Stanley H. Less will fight for you, and help secure the benefits you have worked so hard for.

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Some persons may feel reluctant to seek Social Security benefits, because they are so accustomed to providing for themselves. However, many people across the country have become disabled, and there is nothing wrong with seeking help that you have lawfully earned. Over four percent of American workers between ages 25 to 64 receive SSD benefits. In 2011, there were 10.6 million individuals collecting SSD, compared to 7.2 million in 2002.

The first step in a disability claim, which many people can do themselves, is to apply with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA has made it relatively easy to apply for disability benefits. You may apply in person at your local SSA office, or over the phone at 1-800-772-1213. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the TTY toll-free line at 1-800-325-0778. Social Security Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Social Security Disability Benefits

We understand that the legal process is complicated, which is the reason we guide you through the entire process from applications to appeals and reconsiderations. Long term disability results in income loss. We work to quickly resolve your Social Security and disability benefits. If your disability is the result of an auto accident, we can help you receive compensation for everything from car repair fees to car rental costs.

Our Social Security Law Services Include:

  • Disability
  • Supplemental income
  • Initial applications
  • Appeals
  • Reconsiderations
  • Hearings
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