Social Security Disability / Supplemental Security Income
Injured or sick people may be eligible for government assistance, but navigating the federal bureaucracy can be challenging in the best of times, much less when you are coping with the pain and stress of severe medical problems.
What are Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are large federal programs designed to assist individuals who suffer disabilities.
Why do I need help applying for SSDI or SSI?
Although the Social Security Administration provides information and forms needed for people to file their own claims, the unfortunate truth is that a relatively small percentage of initial claims filed are successful. Due to the extensive backlog of SSDI/SSI claims, any lack of detail or minor error in your initial claim can cause the Social Security Administration to reject it, leaving you to navigate a complex five-step appeals process that can go all the way to the federal courts.
We have helped countless people in Beaver County and beyond secure these benefits by filing appeals from denied initial claims.
What’s the difference between SSDI and SSI?
SSDI provides benefits to disabled or blind persons who are “insured” by the contributions they have made to the Social Security fund while working. When you qualify for SSDI, you receive monthly cash payments based on how much you contributed previously. Two years after you begin receiving payments, you become eligible to purchase Medicare health insurance.
SSI makes cash assistance payments to aged, blind, and disabled persons (including children) who have limited income and resources. When you qualify for SSI, you become eligible for Medicaid health insurance and you begin receiving assistance payments. The amount of money you received depends on factors including where you live and how much, if any, income you currently receive.
What other benefits are available to me?
In addition to federal SSDI/SSI benefits, many individuals who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses can pursue compensation for medical expenses and disabilities from Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation program.
When you visit us to discuss your SSDI/SSI claim, your lawyer will examine related issues to determine if you qualify for other benefits, such as workers’ compensation, short or long-term disability or even a legal claim against anyone who may have liability for the injuries that led to your disability.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
We offer free initial consultations and you pay no attorney fees unless and until we succeed in helping you obtain SSDI/SSI benefits.