In the United States, our federal Social Security program is in place to help Americans who need financial aid by providing them with income when they are out of work.
If you are disabled, you may qualify for either of the two government social security programs in place to help disabled individuals. Each program has unique eligibility requirements and its own application form. To find out if you qualify for either SSI or SSDI benefits, contact Schatt Hesser McGraw to discuss your disability and your financial need with a disability attorney at our firm. We can determine what you are eligible to receive and represent your case as you seek your benefits.
Social Security Lawyers in Ocala, FL
When researching Social Security disability benefits, two terms that you will undoubtedly run into are “SSI” and “SSDI.” SSI refers to Supplemental Security Income, which helps disabled individuals who have less than $2,000 in assets and a low income. SSDI refers to Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides benefits for individuals who “pay into” the program by working, obtaining what is known as “work credits.” These programs operate completely independently from each other.
How to Apply for Social Security
To file your SSDI claim, go to the Social Security Administration’s website and apply for Social Security benefits online. You will receive instructions about how to fill out the necessary form online. For an SSI claim, you will need to schedule an in-person appointment with the Social Security office nearest to you to work with a claims representative.
How Our Disability Lawyers Can Help with Your Claim
We can help you with your Social Security claim by advising you about the documents you will need to use to complete your claim. We can also discuss what you can expect and advocate with the Social Security Administration on your behalf.
If your claim is rejected, we can also work to appeal the decision. Disability claims have a high rate of denial from the Social Security Administration, so you need to be prepared to appeal your claim if this is the case. If you choose to appeal your claim, you are required to appear in court to appeal your claim to a judge. This can be a year or longer after you initially file your disability claim. We understand the administrative court process and can strengthen your claim's chance of being approved by considering every detail of your claim and developing a strong argument for it to present to the court.
Social Security Law Firm Offers Free Consultations
To learn more about your rights to file a Social Security or disability claim, contact Schatt Hesser McGraw to schedule your free consultation with a disability lawyer. Our team of experienced attorneys understands the nuances of filing these types of claims and can guide you through the process of seeking the money you need. Do not wait to contact us and begin working on your claim with our firm.