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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government agency that provides monetary benefits to disabled individuals who qualify under various circumstances. Social Security programs benefit everyone, from impoverished families to disabled workers. Unfortunately, the SSA routinely denies claims for disability compensation.
An experienced attorney on our team can help you obtain disability benefits through the SSA by gathering crucial medical records and financial documents on your behalf. A Parkersburg Social Security lawyer can advise you on the application process and assist with any necessary appeals in the event of a denial.
The SSA provides benefits for disabled workers through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The process of qualifying for and obtaining these benefits can be challenging without the professional help and guidance of a local Social Security attorney.
SSDI is available to individuals with a sufficient work history who are no longer able to maintain employment due to a disability. Impairments which result from a serious injury or disease that prevent someone from maintaining substantial employment for at least one year or that are expected to result in death may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Testimony from a medical expert is often necessary to prove the nature and severity of an impairment.
The SSA offers another form of benefits known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program is intended for disabled individuals whose available assets fall below the SSA’s income threshold.
SSI benefits are means-tested, meaning a person’s income will determine whether he or she is entitled to receive monthly compensation. The higher a person’s income, the fewer SSI benefits he or she is likely to obtain. It is possible for both adults and children to obtain compensation through this Social Security program.
The Social Security Administration also provides monetary benefits to surviving relatives of deceased beneficiaries. These benefits include a one-time payment as well as monthly compensation to a decedent’s widow or children based on his or her age and salary at the time of their passing.
An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for children’s benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. SSA considers this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.
The “adult child” – including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild – must be unmarried, age 18 or older, have a disability that started before age 22, and meet the definition of disability for adults.
There are many factors to consider when filing a claim for Social Security benefits. From retirees to the disabled, the monetary benefits paid through these programs are vital for millions of Americans.
Pursuing Social Security claims on your own is risky, given that applications are routinely denied by the SSA. If you have questions about your eligibility, a Parkersburg Social Security lawyer at our firm can help. Call or send us an email as soon as possible to schedule your confidential consultation.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law