Many people in the country rely on the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a monthly income after retiring from their jobs. Additionally, the SSA runs Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, which provide compensation to people with disabilities. To qualify for this compensation, you must meet various eligibility requirements set by the SSA.
If you can no longer work due to a disability, you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. Contact our Burlington social security disability lawyer at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for help filing for benefits or appealing a denial.
How Our Burlington Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help
The application processes for SSDI and SSI benefits are complex. The slightest error can result in your application being denied, even if you struggle with a permanent disability from a work-related injury. That’s why it may be in your best interest to hire us to handle your case and help you avoid any unnecessary delays.
Our team will do the following to help your case:
- Explain the application processes for SSDI and SSI benefits
- Evaluate the strength of your case
- Handle the legal paperwork and help you demonstrate your eligibility for benefits
- Gather adequate medical evidence that can be used to bolster your claim
- Access your medical records and use them to prove that your disability prevents you from engaging in gainful employment
- Ensure that the ‘request for hearing’ deadlines are met if we must meet with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- Prepare you for your disability hearing
- Navigate every step of the appeals process, as needed
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Burlington, call 800-333-9999
Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
The SSDI program provides temporary or permanent benefits to individuals who have worked consistently and paid Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes over the years but are now too disabled to engage in any substantial gainful employment.
The SSA has strict requirements for awarding SSDI benefits. In Burlington, you will only be eligible to receive these benefits if you meet all the requirements set forth by the SSDI program.
These requirements include:
You Must Meet SSA’s Definition of Disability
The SSDI program only pays disability benefits to those who meet the definition of total disability.
To be considered disabled by the SSA, the following statements must be true:
- You cannot work or engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to your condition.
- You cannot do your previous work or adjust to an alternative job due to your medical condition.
- Your disability or medical condition is expected to last for at least a year or is terminal.
Our attorneys can assess whether you meet these criteria and gather evidence that demonstrates you are eligible for benefits.
You Must Have a Qualifying Condition
The SSA has a list of medical conditions they usually consider before awarding SSDI benefits. If your medical condition doesn’t appear on the list, the organization will decide if the condition qualifies you.
You Must Meet SSA Requirements
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough under the Social Security system. The SSA awards work credits based on your employment history. Our team can determine your number of credits and whether they are sufficient for your application.
To prove your eligibility for SSDI benefits, you must present the following, per the Social Security Administration website:
- Copies of your medical records
- Birth certificate
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
- Discharge papers, if you are a former service member
- W-2 forms or tax returns
- Records of any workers’ compensation benefits you’ve collected
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Eligibility Requirements for Supplemental Security Income
The Supplemental Security Income program provides benefits to disabled individuals who have not paid enough FICA taxes to qualify for SSDI benefits but need financial assistance. To qualify for SSI benefits, you don’t need to have worked under the social security system in the past.
However, there are several eligibility requirements you must meet, including the following:
- You must be at least 65 years old, blind, or disabled
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
- You must meet the income and asset limits set by the SSA
Income limits change often. Our team can determine whether your assets affect your eligibility for SSI benefits
Filing an Appeal After Your Application for Benefits is Denied
Our attorneys can not only help you file a valid initial claim for benefits; we can also help you appeal denials. The appeals process can be complicated, as it includes several possible avenues:
- Reconsideration. This is a review of your initial claim (plus any new evidence you submit) by someone new.
- Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). If your reconsideration is not successful, you can ask for a hearing. Filing this request must be done quickly–our attorneys can make sure you meet this deadline.
- Review by the Appeals Council. If your hearing decision is still not favorable, you can request a review. Council representatives can deny, approve, or redirect your claim back to an ALJ.
- Federal Court review. If your previous appeals are unsuccessful, you may be able to file a civil action in Federal court.
Getting the details right during this process is incredibly important to your chances of success. We would be happy to take on this task of scrutinizing your application, finding supplemental evidence, and guiding your application through the appropriate appeals process.
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Retain Our Burlington Social Security Disability Lawyer on Contingency
Once you retain the services of Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, you will not pay any upfront legal fees. Our social security disability lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we only get paid once we have recovered SSD benefits for our clients.
Contact us for a Free Consultation Today
If you are disabled and struggling financially because of your condition, contact our Burlington social security disability attorney at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for legal representation. We will help you file a claim with the SSA and fight to get you the benefits you qualify for. Get a free consultation with our team today for more information.