The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs provide benefits for disabled individuals. However, both programs come with strict requirements.
Consider partnering with a South Carolina Supplemental Security Income lawyer from our firm if you don’t have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI. We can evaluate your situation and help you apply for SSI. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has more than 40 years of experience, and we’ve resolved more than 40,000 cases. We’re ready to fight for the benefits you need and deserve today.
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Why Partner With Our South Carolina Disability Team?
The SSA denies 53 percent of initial applications. This means, out of 10 applications, five will be denied. It can take anywhere from three to five months for the SSA to make a decision. A denial can threaten your financial stability and leave you with uncertainty.
Our lawyers will do everything possible to secure an approval. This involves:
- Reviewing your application for accuracy
- Ensuring you fill out all forms completely
- Explaining what program you qualify for
- Discussing the approval process
- Providing comprehensive legal support
We’ve helped people just like you secure disability benefits. Our team is determined to make the application process as easy as possible.
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What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?
Here’s the primary difference between SSI and SSDI:
- SSDI depends on your work history. For each $1,470 you make, you get one work credit. You can earn up to four work credits a year. The number you need depends on your age.
- SSI does not rely on your work history. Instead, it depends on your “countable assets.” In 2022, you cannot have more than $2,000 in countable assets to qualify for SSI. Your countable assets include cash, stocks, bonds, and personal property.
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What Does SSI Cover?
Both SSDI and SSI yield similar benefits. According to the SSA, you can get up to $841 a month if you qualify for SSI. You also get Medicaid and may qualify for food stamps.
Your cash benefits sometimes change from year to year because the SSA accounts for cost of living increases and inflation.
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How Do I Know Whether I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
In addition to your asset limits, you must have a disability to qualify for SSI. Using your case’s evidence, we can assert:
- You can’t work, or, if you can, you don’t make more than the SSA’s established earning threshold.
- You have a severe condition that affects your quality of life.
- Your condition appears in the SSA’s “Blue Book.”
- You cannot do the work you did previously.
- You cannot do any type of work because of your condition.
Our Firm Will Use Evidence to Show You Qualify for Benefits
Supporting evidence includes your medical records and personal testimony. The SSA may also ask you to undergo an exam by one of their doctors. These professionals don’t treat conditions; they only determine whether your condition affects your earning power and quality of life.
We can also use this information to support your case:
- Your employment records, such as pay stubs, benefit reports, and award letters
- Your W-2 forms and tax returns
- Proof of citizenship
- Your marriage certificate (if you’re married)
Your lawyer may also consult with third-party experts to assert your right to benefits.
Our SSI lawyers in South Carolina Can Guide You Through the Application Process
We understand that applying for benefits is intimidating. However, with us on your side, you’ll understand everything about the application process.
Here’s a rough outline of what you can expect:
We’ll Help You Fill Out Your Application
Applying for SSI benefits is more than checking a few boxes and hitting “submit.” It involves providing detailed information about your disability and finances. Even one small error can set your claim back for months. We can examine your application and make sure you provide accurate information.
We’ll Update You on Your Application’s Process
As noted, the SSA takes three to five months to decide on applications. During that time, you may wonder how your claim is progressing. We can provide timely updates and answer your questions.
We’ll Represent You During the Appeals Process
You should appeal your application’s denial as soon as you learn about it. There are four appeals stages. However, you don’t have to move through all four phases; you can receive an approval at any time.
To appeal the SSA’s decision, we’ll present your case’s evidence and argue your right to benefits.
What Conditions Qualify as Disabilities?
The SSA lists hundreds of disabling conditions that qualify for compensation. You don’t have to be physically disabled to qualify for benefits. For instance, if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may qualify for SSI.
The SSA’s Blue Book lists these conditions:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Special senses and speech impairments
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular problems
- Digestive issues
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
- Neurological disorders
- Mental health conditions
- Immune system disorders
If you have questions about whether your condition may qualify for benefits, our Supplemental Security Income lawyers in South Carolina can explain more.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Isn’t Your Average Law Firm
Our founder, Attorney George Sink, Sr., has been practicing law since 1974. He’s assembled a team of lawyers who advocate for claimants’ rights. Some benefits of partnering with us include:
- We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re always available to take your call. If we can’t get to you right away, we’ll call back within 24 hours.
- We offer free case reviews. During your free case review, you can ask questions about our firm and share your concerns about the legal process. There’s no obligation to partner with us when you call.
- We’re a veteran-founded firm. Attorney George Sink, Sr. served two tours in Vietnam before becoming a lawyer. He personally understands how traumatic events can change one’s quality of life. He has a vested interest in getting injured claimants what they need.
Call Our South Carolina Law Firm to Discuss Your Case
To connect with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, dial (888) 612-7001. Here, we can discuss your case’s possible outcome and how our lawyers can serve you. Our Supplemental Security Income team wants to see you secure fair benefits for your disability.
We are ready to answer your questions about what SSI is and how it could help you.
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