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The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains two types of benefit programs for those Americans who suffer from disabilities. Both programs provide benefit recipients with a monthly benefit amount, but the criteria for qualifying for benefits and how a benefit amount is determined are drastically different. 

For some, these benefits are integral to helping support themselves and their families. If you are disabled and have questions about disability benefits, consulting with an experienced disability attorney can provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance?

SSDI benefits are for those people who:

  • Have a qualifying disability (one that is listed by the Social Security Administration or that prevents a person from doing the work they did before or adjusting to other work)
  • Have a disability that has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months or result in death
  • Have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and earned work credits as a result

In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, you must have earned work credits from the SSA. The number of work credits that you will need in order to collect benefits depends on the age you were at the time you became disabled.

The SSDI Claim Process

Applying for SSD benefits can be a very drawn-out process. Given that about 70 percent of initial applications are denied, it can take over a year for standard claims to be approved. There are certain expedited processes available in cases where it is obvious that the applicant is disabled. An attorney can explain these options to you and may be able to help increase the speed at which your claim is processed by making sure your application is complete and the required documentation is included.

Supplemental Security Income

The other type of disability program maintained by the SSA is Supplemental Security Income or SSI. SSI benefits are for those who have a qualifying disability, are aged, or are blind, and are of limited income and resources. As such, in order to qualify for SSI benefits, you need not have worked in a job covered by Social Security. In fact, SSI benefits are even available to children. However, while there is no limit on the amount of assets a person can possess when applying for SSDI benefits (although there is a limit on the amount of income a person can earn), there is a limit on the resources a person can have in order to be eligible for SSI benefits. 

Dealing with Denied Disability Benefits

For those who are disabled and unable to work as a result, Social Security disability benefits, whether SSDI or SSI benefits, can lend a significant amount of support. However, qualifying for benefits and proving disability can be difficult to do, and every year, thousands of SSDI/SSI claims are rejected by the Social Security Administration. At Hampton Injury Law, our attorneys help disabled people understand their legal rights after a denied disability claim and can guide you through the process of appealing your denial.

Contact Our Skilled Disability Attorneys Today

The attorneys at Hampton Injury Law have dedicated their careers to representing and recovering compensation for those who need it most. Our primary areas of practice include protecting clients who have been seriously injured, including injuries on the job, and issues related to Social Security Disability Insurance claims. 

If you want to learn more about how to apply for benefits, how much your benefit amount may be, or how to file an appeal, please reach out to our firm today.

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