SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Have you been denied for SSD and / or SSI benefits?
If you have been denied, you only have 60 days from the date of the denial to appeal your claim and request Reconsideration of your denial or a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
Every day you put off filing your appeal is one more day you are going without benefits. It can take up to 12 months to have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge after you file your appeal and cases are scheduled for hearing in the order they are received. DO NOT DELAY in contacting us.
We want to get your appeal filed and begin working on your case right away!
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) is, in fact, an insurance policy. As you work, you pay your “premium” through the FICA taxes deducted from each paycheck. As you pay your premium and earn quarters of coverage, you become insured for disability benefits. Essentially, you must work 5 of the last 10 years to be insured. Once you stop working, you are insured for five years after you stop paying into the system. To be eligible for SSD, you cannot be working earning substantial gainful activity ($1,260/month for 2020) and your disability must begin while you are insured or before your insurance has lapsed (5 years after you have stopped working).
SSI is a needs-based program. It has the same medical requirements as SSD but it is not based on your work history. The benefit amount is fixed; everyone gets the same benefit amount although some may receive less depending on certain criteria such as living accommodations. To be entitled, an individual must first meet certain financial eligibility requirements.