Social Security disability benefits can provide disabled individuals who are unable to work and earn an income with the financial support they need to get by. At the offices of Tuite Law, our experienced Freeport Social Security disability lawyers handle all stages of the disability benefit application process on your behalf, including appealing a denied claim in the event that your application is rejected. Contact us today for your free consultation and more information about how to get the benefits you deserve.
The Two Types of Social Security Disability
There are two separate Social Security disability programs that are managed by the Social Security Administration: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Consider the similarities and differences between the two, as well as the criteria for qualifying for each:
- Social Security Disability Insurance. Most people who have worked and paid into Social Security over the course of their working years will apply for SSDI benefits. This benefit type is for those who are “insured” through the Social Security Administration and have earned enough work credits in the past. In order to qualify for this benefit type, a person must not only have earned work credits, but must also have a disability that prevents them from working and has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death. Benefits are paid monthly.
- Supplemental Security Income. While SSI benefits are also for those who are disabled and unable to work, those who are blind or aged may also qualify for SSI benefits, as may children. Further, a person need not have acquired work credits by virtue of working under Social Security; instead, SSI benefits are for those of limited income and resources, which must be established in order to receive benefits.
In some cases, it is possible to receive both benefit types concurrently.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Freeport
The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits in Freeport can be very confusing, beginning with knowing which type of benefit (SSDI or SSI) you qualify for. Further, your application must be filled out accurately and in full – any missing or inaccurate information can result in a benefit denial. Additionally, you must provide the Social Security Administration with sufficient medical evidence to substantiate your disability. If you do not, your claim will likely be denied.
Our Freeport Social Security Disability Law Firm Is Here for You
We know what the Social Security Administration is looking for on an application for disability benefits and how to fill out your application properly. We also know what to do in the event that your claim is denied, and will represent you during a hearing to get your benefits approved. We have years’ worth of experience representing SSDI and SSI benefit claimants, and will go above and beyond to improve your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.
To schedule your free consultation with our passionate Freeport Social Security disability lawyers today, call us directly, or use our online form to tell us more about your case. We offer weekend appointments, and can also visit you at home or in the hospital.