Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that 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 children with few resources who are disabled or blind.
Social Security Program Applications
There are a number of ways to begin a Social Security disability claim. If your claim is for SSDI only, you can file on the website 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 Claims Denied
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 enhances the probability of getting a denial overturned. Our Social Security disability 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 in the federal district court.
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.
The rules for determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits and the qualification process are strict. It enhances your success to have a Social Security disability attorney help you every step of the way, or when a claim has been denied. The ultimate goal is to protect your rights in a manner that is effective, legal and ethical. We offer a free consultation. Contact us by email, or call us at 205-663-0281.
John Holliman and Melanie Bradford Holliman, Attorneys