Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are federally-funded programs designed to assist Americans with disabilities. To qualify for benefits, you must have a disability and meet the medical requirements under either program. These programs are administered by the Social Security Administration.
If you have suffered a severe injury or illness, you may be eligible for benefits. At Jeff Johnson Law, we can help you submit the most complete and accurate application to give you the best chance for a favorable outcome. If you have already applied and are waiting for a hearing, we can step in to assist by putting you in the best possible position at this important event. If your application has been denied, we can assist with your benefits appeal. Attorney Jeff Johnson has been successfully representing South Carolinians in these matters for decades.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a key component of the Social Security program in the United States. SSDI provides a monthly income if you can no longer work as a result of a disabling condition. To be eligible for SSDI, you must have earned sufficient work credits and meet medical requirements that demonstrate the disability will prevent you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity for at least one year or that is expected to result in death.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another component of the Social Security program and provides financial support to elderly, blind, and disabled citizens who have limited income and assets. Unlike SSDI, you do not need to have worked or paid into the system to be eligible. You only need to meet certain income eligibility criteria. This includes having countable gross incomes that do not exceed certain predetermined limits as well as having limited resources such as cash, bank accounts, stocks, and bonds; these also must fall under pre-established maximums set by the government.
Some people in the state are eligible to receive both types of benefits while other may only be eligible for one. In either case, however, initial denials to claims are common. Even where you have an obvious disability, you may be denied, making the claims process complex, difficult, and disheartening.
When making either claim, the burden is on you to back it up with proof. Filing your claim on your own can lead to making mistakes that will automatically result in a denial.
By working with Jeff, you can avoid the pitfalls, errors, and omissions in both the claims and appeal processes. Our firm can help you in the following ways:
- Help you identify all the benefits for which you may be eligible
- Ensure you understand the claims process
- Help you with thoroughly completing your application along with the necessary evidence
- Follow up on your claim and take any further necessary steps on your behalf, such as through an appeal
No matter where you are in the claims process, our firm can help by providing experienced, competent, and caring representation.