Millions of Americans live with one or more disabilities. Mobility problems, hearing or vision impairments, and chronic illnesses can make it difficult to make a living wage. A disability can substantially limit what jobs you can do or how long you can do them. Some people have trouble working at all because of their disability.
If you’ve become unable to work because of a permanent disability, you may be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here’s what you need to know.
Understanding disability benefits
Becoming unable to work is not an easy experience, but you don’t have to give up hope. Disability benefits are there for people like you.
The benefits you receive depend on your work history. If your work history is solid, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Similar to retirement, SSDI is funded by the Social Security taxes you’ve paid over the years. With SSDI, those who have paid more in taxes will receive more in disability benefits.
Unfortunately, many people with disabilities don’t have much of a work history. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a need-based benefits program for people who are permanently disabled and have never been able to work.
The Social Security Administration considers a disability “permanent” when it is expected to last at least a year. A terminal illness may also qualify.
Applying for disability benefits
The sad reality is that many people who need these benefits are unable to get them. Funding is limited, and many people people with significant impairments find themselves rejected for unknown reasons. The people who work for Social Security use their own judgment to decide who is eligible for limited funds. Sometimes, they get it wrong.
Contact our Social Security Disability Attorney
Katherine has represented many people like you, and can help you get the benefits you’re entitled to. If your Social Security Disability claim has been rejected, please contact Katherine as soon as possible. The deadline for filing an appeal is 60 days.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your disability case, call our offices for a consultation. You can easily reach us by phone, email, or text message.