What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is a federal government program designed to help supplement income to individuals who have a physical or medical restriction that impacts his or her ability to work. The federal government provides two types of disability programs for individuals who meet the definition of disabled under Social Security Disability regulations.
If you have worked and have had wages withheld that were paid into Social Security, you may qualify for Title II benefits, also known as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). In addition to having had wages that were paid to Social Security, individuals must have earned the required number of “work credits” prior to becoming disabled.
Persons without enough work credits may qualify for Title XVI benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Title II benefits provide many advantages above Title XVI, but an applicant should apply for benefits under both programs initially.
The application process is complicated and can be time-consuming. The attorneys at Dale E. Anstine can help guide you and give you the best chance at having your claim for disability benefits approved.
Dale E. Anstine, social security disability attorneys in York, PA, can help.
Many benefit claims are denied at the initial application stage. Following a denial, applicants can request a hearing with a Social Security judge who will decide the individual’s entitlement to benefits at a hearing before the judge. Our attorneys have represented many people at these hearings, and our experience can help you have a better chance of having your claim approved. There are very specific rules that are followed in these types of cases, and it is important to have experienced legal representation who can present your claim with the best chance of success. If you are unable to work due to a physical or medical restriction that has caused, or is likely to cause, you to be out of work for 12 months or longer, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits or SSI benefits. Contact a social security lawyer at Dale E. Anstine for a free consultation.
What you need to know prior to making a Social Security Disability claim
Did you know: According to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), a 20-year-old has a one in four chance at becoming disabled before reaching retirement age? The SSA also reports an increase in the number of people who require social security benefits, which is credited to aging baby boomers and a diversification of the workforce.
Whether it has crossed your mind or not, Social Security Disability is relevant for individuals of all ages. And, unfortunately, Social Security Disability claims can be confusing, complicated and are often denied the first time. If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability, keep in mind the following:
Why might you be eligible?
You might be eligible to claim Social Security Disability benefits if you have a physical disability or severe mental health condition that makes you unable to work full-time. The disability must be expected to last for a specific amount of time or must be a life-threatening condition.
How strict are eligibility requirements?
STRICT, particularly Title II benefits. There is a specified length of time you must have worked (usually ten years), in addition to how recently you have worked, in order to be eligible. You must have paid into the Social Security system to be eligible to withdraw from it, and money received will be based on your earnings over a specific length of time.
What if my claim is denied?
A majority of claims are denied the first time they are filed; however, it does not necessarily have to end there. You can opt to appeal the denial within a short window of time after receiving your initial response, and, upon submitting additional information, you may still have a chance at having your claim approved.
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For your best chance at getting approved quickly the first time, it’s important to get an experienced lawyer on your side. Consultations are always free, so contact us today to speak with a social security disability attorney. There is no fee unless we win for you.