If you have a disability and need financial assistance, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. You may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we can help you get the benefits you need and deserve. Whether you are just beginning the process or have received a denial, a Newberry Social Security Disability attorney can guide you through the legal process.
Our firm is ready to take on your case. We can help you establish the severity of your condition and your need for financial assistance. You do not need to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits by yourself. We can get started on your case today.
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) Provides Two Programs
The SSA offers two types of disability programs: SSDI and SSI. Our Newberry Social Security Disability lawyers can evaluate your situation and explain which one suits your needs. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for both programs. However, you will need to fill out separate applications for both.
You May Qualify for SSDI
SSDI is a work credit-based system that takes into account your age, work history, and yearly income when determining your eligibility for benefits. The SSA notes that each work credit is worth $1,410 in earned income. You can earn up to four work credits a year, and most people need 40 to qualify for SSDI benefits.
However, depending on your age, you may not need that many credits to be eligible for SSDI benefits. The SSA will determine if you qualify based on:
- Whether you can do the same work you did before your condition developed;
- Whether you can do any other type of work due to your condition; and
- Your disability is expected to last for at least a year or result in your passing.
A lawyer can explain your legal rights and options while you pursue SSDI benefits. They can explain what evidence you need to support your claim and represent you in any subsequent appeals.
You May Be Able to Receive SSI Benefits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not a work credit-based system. Instead, it takes into account your countable resources. The SSA reports that as an individual, you can only have $2,000 or less in countable assets.
For a couple, the threshold is $3,000 or less. Certain things you own do not count toward the resource limit. For example, your house, the land it is on, and one family vehicle do not count.
If you are unsure of whether you qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, you may want to consider talking to a lawyer. We can help you get the benefits you need.
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The SSA’s “Blue Book”
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have a condition that is listed in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments. However, even if you have a condition that is not explicitly listed in the Listing of Impairments, you may still qualify for benefits.
The SSA’s Listing of Impairments is sometimes referred to as “the Blue Book.” This document lists both mental and physical impairments that can limit one’s ability to work.
Your application for benefits must assert the nature and severity of your condition. You may be asked to include your doctor’s contact information, the results of any lab tests or imaging scans, and the names of medications you are taking.
Our Newberry Social Security Disability lawyers can explain the process of applying for benefits. They can also explain the process of filing an appeal.
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How the SSA Assesses a Disability
The SSA will consider your answers to the following questions to determine your eligibility for benefits. They will ask:
- Whether you are able to work. If you are making more than $1,260 a month, the SSA may not consider you disabled.
- Whether your condition is “severe.” Your condition must have a substantial impact on your life. If you are not able to complete certain tasks, you may be considered disabled. Your impairment must affect you for at least 12 months or result in your passing.
- Whether your condition is listed in the Blue Book. If you have a condition that the SSA recognizes as a qualifying condition, then you may get approved for benefits. If not, then the SSA will determine if another condition very similar to yours is listed in the Blue Book.
- Whether you can do the work you did before. If you cannot do the same work you did before your disability developed, you may qualify for benefits.
- Whether you can do any other type of work. You might be able to hold a different job if you got more education or job skills training. If the SSA decides that your condition prevents you from doing any other type of work, your application might get approved.
The SSA may consider other factors when reviewing your application.
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How We Can Help with Your Case
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are prepared to take on your case. A Newberry Social Security Disability attorney can help you apply for benefits by:
Providing Legal Advice
Throughout the legal process, we will provide advice that helps you make decisions and possibly strengthen your case. During our partnership, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to consult with your legal team at any time.
Representing You in All Hearings
During the application or appeals process, you may be asked to appear before an SSA board. If so, our legal team can represent you during these hearings. We can answer the SSA’s questions and argue as to why you deserve disability benefits.
Reviewing Your Application for Accuracy and Completion
Some disability applicants are denied benefits because of certain mistakes they made in their application. Our legal team can review the information you provide to make sure that your application is filled out completely and accurately.
Contact Our Law Firm to Get Started on Your Case
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you receive SSDI or SSI benefits. A Newberry Social Security Disability lawyer can help you get the benefits you need and deserve. To get in touch with our team for a free case evaluation, call us or fill out our online contact form.
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