Woodstock Social Security Disability Lawyer

Filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits can be overwhelming, and is a process made even more stressful by the fact that you really need benefits now. While working with a lawyer during the disability claims process is not required, it is something that may help expedite your claim. At the law office of Tuite Law, our Woodstock Social Security disability lawyer can help you to file your claim for disability benefits. Call us today to get started.

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains two types of Social Security disability benefits programs:

  • Social Security disability insurance is designed for those with a qualifying disability who have earned work credits by paying into Social Security during their working years. A person who receives SSDI will also automatically qualify for Medicare after a 24-month waiting period.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While SSI is also for those with qualifying disabilities, a person may be aged (65 or above) or blind and qualify for Supplemental Security Income. What’s more, a person does not need earned work credits in order to qualify for SSI; this program is income-based. A person who is of limited income and resources can qualify regardless of whether they have paid into Social Security in the past.

What Qualifies As a Disability?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you need to have a qualifying disability (unless you are applying for SSI, in which case being blind or over age 65 also qualifies you). The SSA has a strict definition of a disability.

You may be automatically considered disabled if you have a condition that’s listed in the Social Security Administration’s listing of conditions. If your condition is not listed in the SSA’s list, then the SSA will ask:

  • Are you working You cannot engage in a substantial gainful activity (SGA) and qualify for SSDI/SSI benefits.
  • Is your condition severe?Your condition must inhibit your ability to do work-related activities and must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
  • Can you do the work you did previously?Does your impairment prevent you from doing any of your past work? If not, you probably won’t qualify in the eyes of the SSA.
  • Can you transition to another type of work?The SSA will consider if there is other work that you can perform, which could disqualify you from benefits.

The Role of a Woodstock Social Security Disability Lawyer

Filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits is complex, and the Social Security Administration denies millions of claims every year. When you hire our Woodstock Social Security disability lawyer, we will file your claim and make a compelling case on your behalf. We know what the SSA is looking for and what leads to denied claims. We can also help you appeal a denied claim if necessary.

For your free consultation with our Woodstock Social Security disability lawyers, please call us directly at (815) 965-5777 or send us a message at your convenience.