Social Security disability matters can be quite complex and raise a lot of questions. Our attorneys have put together a list of some of those that are most frequently asked to help people wondering what to do next know exactly where to turn!
What Is SSDI?
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a work-record based program. It takes a percentage of the amount you’ve paid in employment and FICA taxes throughout your lifetime and gives it back to you in the form of reoccurring benefits payments if you’re ever unable to work due to an injury/disability.
What Is SSI?
Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, on the other hand, does not require substantial earnings like SSDI and instead is specifically designed to help disabled persons with low income. Those who are disabled and unable to earn enough money to support themselves can apply for SSI, and both income and assets will be evaluated so that lack of income doesn’t stand in the way.
What Is The SSA’s Definition Of Disability?
A person can obtain Social Security disability benefits so long as they have a qualifying condition or disability that is either terminal, or expected to prevent them from maintaining gainful employment for at least 12 months or longer.
Who Determines If A Person Is Disabled?
If you’ve made the smart decision to enlist the help of our Social Security disability attorneys to assist you with claiming your benefits, we will connect with your doctors and collect all the specific documentation you need to represent your case – as it is the judge who makes the final call about disability eligibilities.
Can A Person Receive Past-Due Benefits?
In short, yes, you can receive past due benefits, but determining how far back you can go depends on what you’re applying for. In SSI cases, you can only collect back pay as far back as your initial date of application. With SSDI, however, you can often go back further to when you first became disabled, though there is a 2-year back pay limit so you should try to apply for benefits as soon as possible.
Does Someone Need To Be Permanently Disabled To Receive SSD Benefits?
Representatives of the SSA all hope that disabled Americans make full recoveries and are able to move on with their lives as quickly as possible, and therefore would never require a person be permanently disabled to apply for benefits. A person need only be unable to work or maintain employment for at least one year. If you recover over time and in 2-3 years are able to find a good job, that’s wonderful!
How Can You Apply For SSD?
There are several ways one can apply for SSD benefits, if eligible. You can contact Social Security directly right from your home by reaching out to them using their toll free phone number. You can visit one of many physical office locations and speak with someone in person who can answer your questions. Or you can easily apply online using their very simply platform. Or, you can hire Esper Aiello Law Group to prepare and file your application for you from the beginning, this helps consistency, increases your chances of getting approved, and you will get your award faster.
People who choose Esper Aiello Law Group to represent them usually get their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) award faster.
How Can You Qualify For SSD?
Once a person applies for SSD benefits, their qualifications will be determine by either a review team, or a judge during an official hearing. There’s even a very strict five-step evaluation process that must be followed to ensure equality among applicants of every age group, educational background, employment history, and other relevant factors. Call Esper Aiello Law Group, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.