You may receive Social Security Disability benefits for an injury or illness. Our team will fight for disability benefits on your behalf, even if you’ve been denied.
A Gainesville Social Security Disability attorney from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will handle your case while you focus on your health.
What Is Social Security Disability (SSD)?
Social Security Disability covers two benefit programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Which one you qualify for depends on your needs, income, age, and more. However, in some cases, you can receive both.
Social Security Disability Insurance
The SSA explains that, in order to qualify for benefits, you:
- Must have occupied one or more jobs that qualify you for Social Security
- Must have an illness or injury that is an SSA-recognized disability
- Must have worked recently enough and long enough to qualify for SSDI
The SSA measures longevity through “work credits.” The amount of credits you receive depends on your income. The SSA notes that “Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled” in order to collect SSDI.
The work credit issue alone can be complicated – this is only one aspect of your claim. These sorts of complex concepts are one reason to hire one of our lawyers for assistance with your claim.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income is available to adults 65 and older who have limited income and other resources. For 2021, the federal benefit rate for those who receive SSI is $794.
What is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?
Notable differences between SSDI and SSI are:
- SSI is generally accessible to any disabled person of limited means, while SSDI has more qualification requirements.
- SSDI generally provides more financial coverage than SSI.
- SSI generally becomes available in the first full month after your claim date, while you must wait six full months after your disability to receive SSDI benefits.
- SSI automatically qualifies you for Medicaid, while SSDI recipients must generally wait two years to qualify for Medicare.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Gainesville, call (404) 888-8888
How Does the SSA Determine “Disability?”
The SSA has at least three criteria for determining if you are disabled. You may qualify as disabled if:
- You are unable to work or can only earn less than $1,310 per month, as of 2021.
- Your illness or injury must “significantly limit your ability to do basic work-related activities” for at least a year.
- Your illness or injury is one of the ailments that SSA generally considers to be a disability in the Social Security Administration Blue Book (the SSA may still approve your application even if your condition is not listed).
- You cannot do the work you did before becoming disabled.
- You cannot do any other sort of work.
The SSA lists several “special conditions” that may entitle you to disability benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to death benefits and benefits for disabled children.
A Social Security Disability attorney from our firm can answer any questions you have about your benefits. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers understands the SSA claims process, and we will oversee your claim in Gainesville.
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How Will Our Firm Help with Your Social Security Disability Claim?
The SSA may require a high standard of proof when you apply for benefits.
A lawyer on our team will help you present the strongest possible case.
Our firm will help with every aspect of your claim, including:
Filling Out Paperwork Thoroughly and Correctly
Proving a disabling injury or illness may require significant paperwork. We will gather medical records, expert testimony, work incident reports, and any other relevant paperwork.
Handling Claim-Related Communications
Our team may communicate with the SSA, your employer, and your doctors. You will not have to deal with these parties on your own.
Completing Your Disability Claim
We will help you complete and file your claim for benefits. Once we accept your case, we intend to finish it.
Representing You During the Appeals Process
If you have already submitted a claim and received a denial, our disability lawyers can help you promptly file an appeal and represent throughout the process, which typically comprises:
- A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- A review before the Appeals Council
- A review before the Federal Court
Your claim may be approved at any stage during this appeals process. If you are concerned about the payments you missed between your filing your appeal and receiving approval, don’t be. The SSA will give you back pay for the lost time.
What Does It Cost to Hire Bader Scott Injury Lawyers?
There is no upfront cost to hire Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We will help with your claim before we have been paid. If we are able to recover compensation for you, then we will receive a portion. If we do not obtain compensation for you, then you owe us nothing.
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Are there Deadlines for Filing a Social Security Disability Claim?
There may be. Our team will review your case to identify any pressing deadlines. You should act urgently to reach us. If any important deadlines expire, then you may not be able to file or appeal your claim.
Seek Assistance from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
As a law firm proudly serving Georgians, we are prepared to handle your Social Security Disability claim in Gainesville. We will provide care, open communication, and respect as we complete your claim. You will not have to worry about anything.
Get in touch with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888 for your FREE consultation with one of our staff members. A Social Security Disability attorney from our firm will allow you to focus on your treatment while they get to work on your claim for you.