More information about disability benefits:
Am I eligible?
Are you unable to work due to a mental and/or physical health condition? Is your condition expected to last at least 12 months? If so, you may be eligible to apply for disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)
To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you have to meet both the technical and medical eligibility requirements. To be technically eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, you must have worked 20 out of the last 40 fiscal quarters, which is approximately 5 out of the last 10 years. To be medically eligible, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a severe physical or mental limitation
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Both adults and children may qualify for Supplemental Security (SSI) benefits if they are found disabled and their household size meets the income and asset requirements. Like food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are need based.
How long will it take?
The process for being approved for disability benefits and/or SSI can be frustrating and lengthy. Although it is possible to be approved early on, most individuals receive an initial and second denial after applying for benefits and will need to have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. In most cases, it can be as long as two years from the time of application to time of hearing.
Why should I have an attorney?
Having attorney representation can ease your stress, ensure that your file is up to date, and will ultimately result in your case being properly presented and argued in front of an Administrative Law Judge so that you have the best chance of having your application approved. Choose a local attorney who is dedicated to advocating your case!