Social Security Disability benefits can help you support your family if you are no longer able to work. Unfortunately, the process of seeking those benefits often presents many challenges, especially to those unfamiliar with the law. Even a minor error can lead to an unfavorable decision.
Bogin, Munns & Munns would be happy to provide you with a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle all aspects of your case. We proudly serve Daytona Beach and other locations throughout Florida.
The Two Types of Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability is an umbrella term that encompasses two types of benefits. Per the Social Security Administration (SSA), each type has its own set of requirements.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits
SSDI is available based on your inability to retain gainful employment due to a disability. You may qualify if:
- You worked for the required number of years (the number may depend on your age and other factors).
- You have paid the required amount in Social Security taxes.
- You have a diagnosed disability or illness that prevents you from working.
- You are the spouse, former spouse, child, or adult disabled child of a worker who meets the above requirements.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
By contrast, SSI is available based on income, not just disability. You may qualify:
- Regardless of how long you have worked and what type of employment you had
- If you have a diagnosed disability or illness that prevents you from working
- If you have a limited income
- If you are 65 or older and have a limited income, regardless of whether or not you are disabled
This synopsis is very basic about how SSDI and SSI work. Many exceptions and specifics could affect your eligibility for either type of benefit. Bogin, Munns & Munns would be happy to provide you with more detailed information. We can discuss which type of benefits you may qualify to receive.
To consult with an experienced social security disability lawyer serving Daytona Beach, call 855-686-6752
How to Apply for Social Security Disability
The application process for both SSDI and SSI can be long and difficult. The SSA lists the many tasks that you may want someone to help you with during this process.
These tasks include:
Explaining Your Rights
It is important that you understand all of your rights, roles, and responsibilities under the law.
You will likely need to fill out many forms throughout the application process. They must all be completed correctly and on time, or you may jeopardize your case’s future.
You must be able to prove that you deserve benefits to the SSA’s satisfaction. We can help you do so by telling you what evidence the SSA wants and helping you get it.
We can get in touch with the SSA, arrange meetings, and so on. If the SSA wants to speak with you, they can contact us. We can let you know what they have to say.
Representing You at Hearings and Reviews
If your case is rejected, you have the option of asking for a reconsideration, a hearing, a council review, or a Federal Court case. We can represent you at each of these stages and argue for the money you need and deserve.
Providing a Consultation
Before we get started, we will listen as you tell us the facts of your case. We will let you know if and how we can help you.
Advising You Throughout the Process
If you are ever unsure about something, call us at any time. Part of our job is to provide you with legal advice and information to make the decisions that are best for you.
Keeping You Updated
You do not have to wonder what is happening with your case, because we can let you know as soon as something important happens.
A lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can manage all of these tasks and more. You do not have to fight for Social Security Disability on your own. Let the team at our Daytona Beach office take care of your case so that you have one less thing to worry about. In addition to the tasks above, we can ease your burden.
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How to Qualify for SSDI
In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have a disability that fits the SSA’s definition. “Disability,” per the SSA – Listing of Impairments, is any condition “severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.”
These conditions could include but are not limited to:
- Heart conditions, such as chronic heart failure or peripheral vascular disease
- Musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis or curvature of the spine
- Mental conditions, such as schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Respiratory conditions, such as asthma or chronic pulmonary hypertension
- Skin conditions, such as burns or lesions
- Cancers that originate in almost every area of the body
Again, the rules differ between SSDI and SSI. They also differ between adult applicants and child applicants. The team at Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you understand those differences and apply for the benefits you need.
Evidence in Social Security Disability Cases
It is not enough to have a qualifying disability; you must prove that you have that disability to the SSA’s satisfaction. This evidence must speak to:
- Your identity
- The identities of your spouse and children (if applicable)
- The longevity and severity of the disability
- Your work history (if applying for SSDI)
Examples of documents that the SSA may want to see include your:
- Birth certificate
- Medical records
- Banking information
- Tax information
- Employer’s and former employers’ information
Only by collecting all of the required information and presenting it properly will Social Security accept and process your application to receive benefits. Allow us to help you apply for the money you deserve.
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Consult Bogin, Munns & Munns Today
If you live in Daytona Beach and would like legal assistance with your Social Security Disability case, call Bogin, Munns & Munns at (386) 763-2092.
A lawyer from our office can make the application and appeals process much less stressful for you. We have team members standing by to take your call all day, every day.