After being left disabled due to an accident or diagnosis, you could receive financial support from Social Security. However, applying for benefits is both difficult and time-consuming, especially for laymen.
Get help in Cocoa from one of our Social Security Disability attorneys. Don’t hesitate because you’ve already been denied or think you have plenty of time.
Why Hire One of Our Social Security Disability Lawyers?
The benefit of hiring one of our lawyers for any issue is to mitigate stress by bringing on a team that can handle a lot of the work for you. In the case of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), we can handle a number of issues that may crop up during your application, reconsideration, or appeal. Call us if:
- You’re struggling to understand the requirements.
- You need help with evidence to prove your disability.
- You need help filling out the paperwork properly.
- Your claim was denied.
- You are dealing with the reconsideration and appeal process.
Applying for SSDI/SSI benefits involves providing not only medical evidence but also proof of your financial situation. The latter includes both your current difficulty in finding work due to your disability and your history of work spanning the last several years. We can help gather this evidence on your behalf, as well as fill out your forms correctly to prevent delays or denials. Start your application on the right footing with our attorneys’ help.
Why Hire Bogin, Munns & Munns?
Our firm has been in business for over four decades, and in that time, we have helped dozens of clients like you. Our background has provided us with both experience in this area of law and compassion for what our clients go through to receive their benefits. The results we’ve achieved have earned us several distinctions, including a 10.0 Avvo Superb Rating and an AV Preeminent Rating.
We have also been recognized in Florida for our work, awarded for our commitment to ethics, our peers’ belief in our professionalism, and our background in multiple practice areas:
- Best Attorney Services, Orlando Sentinel
- Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trends
- Florida Association for Women Lawyers
- Florida Bar Board Certification
We founded our firm on three principles: respect, dignity, and fairness. Not only can we do the work for your case, but we also do that work while practicing our principles in every interaction with you.
What are SSDI/ SSI Benefits?
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income provide benefits and assistance to workers who are disabled. If you are disabled to the point that you can no longer work, SSDI helps provide income, usually about $1,234 per month as of 2019. Since SSDI benefits are paid through taxes, you must have worked for a certain amount of time (and therefore paid into the insurance) to be eligible to receive assistance.
By contrast, SSI provides extra help for workers who may not qualify for SSDI, perhaps due to a lack of sufficient work history. For instance, SSI can help provide for disabled children, with 1.1 million receiving aid in December 2020. Just keep in mind that SSI benefits can be reduced by the amount of assets or income you have, such as from pensions or child support.
If you live in Cocoa and are unsure which programs you qualify for, our Social Security Disability attorneys can evaluate your case and advise you on how to apply. In many cases, you can apply for both.
How Can You Know if You’re Eligible for SSDI?
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the main criteria for SSDI benefits are:
- You have worked for a quarter of your adult life
- You have worked five years of the last decade
- Your condition is expected to last at least years or lead to death
- You cannot perform “substantial gainful activity”
How that is determined is dictated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Their process for determining if you are legally disabled examines how severe your condition is and its impact on your ability to work, as well as whether your illness or injury is included on their list of qualifying medical conditions. This list is long and detailed, including issues such as:
- Spinal injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Sensory disabilities
- Certain mental health issues
Even if your condition is not listed, you may still be eligible; one of our attorneys can help determine if you qualify. In some cases, you can receive disability benefits as soon as you are diagnosed with a certain disorder. This is called a compassionate allowance and depends on your condition. For instance, Lou Gehrig’s disease and certain cancers may qualify you automatically for disability benefits.
How Can You Know if You’re Eligible for SSI?
Supplemental Security Income has different criteria, especially related to the income you already have. The main requirements are:
- 65 or older, blind, or disabled
- In need of financial aid
- U.S. citizen or qualified alien
However, whether you are married or single can impact what you receive. The monthly benefit in 2021 is $794 for single people and $1,191 for married couples. Additionally, your existing income can play a role in your qualification.
You can potentially receive SSI benefits faster than SSDI. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out that SSDI has a five-month waiting period, while SSI does not. Talk to our team if you’re worried about the timeline of receiving your benefits.
What If My Claim is Denied?
First of all, don’t panic. Many applications are denied, sometimes simply due to mistakes in your paperwork. We can review why you were denied benefits and then follow the process to have your case reconsidered. Talking to a lawyer from our firm is important at this stage so that you don’t:
- Make further mistakes
- Restart your application
- Reduce your chances for eventual approval
If your claim was denied, call our team.
Call Bogin, Munns & Munns Today for SSDI and SSI Issues
This area of law can feel frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A Social Security Disability attorney from our Cocoa team can examine your situation and help you pursue the benefits you deserve. Call today at (321) 633-3208. We’re available 24/7.