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Millions of Americans live with severe illnesses, injuries, and disabilities that impact their daily lives. For many, these disabilities make it impossible to maintain gainful employment or make ends meet. Fortunately, one of the dedicated legal representatives at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can help these individuals pursue benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The SSA offers two types of benefits, known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits cover different individuals and have varying eligibility requirements. To learn more about the benefits that could be available to you, contact a Huntington Social Security lawyer right away.
The SSDI program provides monetary benefits to individuals who can no longer work due to a disability. This requires applicants to provide medical and vocational proof of a disability and how it impacts their ability to maintain any job full time. A local attorney can help disabled individuals gather evidence to prove that their conditions are severe and debilitating enough to warrant Social Security benefits.
Because these benefits are funded through Social Security payroll taxes, SSDI is typically only available to adults who have earned enough work credits over time by paying these taxes. A lawyer in Huntington can advise SSDI applicants on whether they have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
SSI provides financial assistance to adults of full retirement age as well as individuals of varying ages who are blind or otherwise disabled. Unlike SSDI, the SSI program is needs-based, and there is no need for applicants to have a relevant work history. This means benefits are available even for those who have never paid Social Security taxes.
That being said, SSI benefits are only available to applicants who fall below the SSA’s income threshold. In addition to earned income stemming from wages or self-employment, the SSI means test also applies to unearned income. Unearned income covers a wide range of non-wage income, including:
When calculating an applicant’s available assets and disposable income, the Social Security Administration also considers the income of his or her immediate family, including that of the applicant’s parents (for a minor child) or spouse. A Social Security attorney in Huntington can help a disabled applicant calculate their income for the purposes of determining SSI eligibility. Our team can also advise you on what evidence to include in an application for Social Security benefits.
Social Security benefits offer many people an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families despite living with a severe disability. Unfortunately, countless applications for benefits are wrongfully denied each year.
A Huntington Social Security lawyer can advise you on filing an application and assist you with any necessary appeals in the event of one or more denials. Call our team right away to schedule a private consultation.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law