Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to individuals who are unable to work full time due to a disabling condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. SSDI is based on your work history.
If you are disabled but have not worked enough to receive SSDI, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a needs-based program that pays benefits to adults age 65 or older with low incomes and to disabled children with few resources.
Applying for Social Security Disability
There are a number of ways to begin a Social Security disability claim. If your claim is for SSDI only, you can file online at www.ssa.gov.
If your claim is for SSI only or for SSDI and SSI, you must call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 or go to your local Social Security office location.
Social Security Disability Review
The Social Security Administration defines disability very specifically in a five-step process. If you cannot pass each of five steps, you are not considered eligible for SSDI benefits. If your application was rejected, it is possible that you failed one or more of the qualifying steps. Our Social Security disability attorneys can help.
Denied Social Security Disability Claims
Claims for disability benefits are routinely denied. If your application for SSDI or SSI is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days. Having a Social Security disability attorney handle your appeal greatly increases the chance of overturning a denial.
Bradford & Holliman attorneys are deeply committed to helping disabled individuals receive the benefits outlined in Social Security law. We act as your advocate in hearings or meetings throughout the process - including proceedings before the Social Security Council of Appeals, an administrative law judge, or the federal district court.
Social Security disability benefit rules are strict. You have a better chance of qualifying with a Social Security disability attorney to help you every step of the way or when a claim has been denied.
Contact us by email, or call us at 205-663-0281 for a free consultation.
John Holliman and Melanie B. Holliman, Attorneys