Experienced Attorneys to Assist You with Your Social Security Disability Claim
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two programs for providing benefits for those who are unable to work: Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As a general rule, you should sign up for both programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) are benefits for people who have earned enough work credits by working and paying Medicare and Social Security taxes. The general rule to determine eligibility for SSDI benefits is whether you worked five out of the last ten years, earning a minimum amount as set forth by the Social Security Administration. You should be eligible if the answer is “yes.”
You can also check your eligibility by looking on your annual Social Security earnings statement, sent to you by the Social Security Administration. Your prior earnings will determine the benefit amount.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are benefits intended for people with less work history, children, or non-payment into the system. This is a needs-based program. Benefits are affected by the financial assets, household income, or other benefits/income received. It should be noted that there are limits to the household income/assets. Exceeding the limits could potentially cause a medically disabled person to be unable to qualify for benefits.
Bogin, Munns & Munns represents clients in their appeals process to receive Social Security Disability Benefits, and assists them in going over the options best suited for their individual situations. Don’t get deterred if you get denied! Being denied is only the first step!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to hire a lawyer to represent me in my Social Security disability claim?
No, claimants are allowed to represent themselves throughout the entire process of applying for Social Security disability. There are benefits to hiring an attorney, though. A disability attorney will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the case, collect all the available evidence in order to present the case in front of the SSA, and will fight for the claimants cause.
Will I receive Medicaid or Medicare or both?
It depends. While Medicaid is funded by the federal government, it is administered by the state, creating different eligibility requirements. In Florida (and Georgia), people who receive Supplemental Security Income are automatically eligible for Medicaid.
If a person receives Social Security Disability Insurance, they must wait two years from the date they became entitled to benefits for Medicare coverage to begin. In certain situations a person may be awarded retroactive benefits for up to 12 months prior to the date the person filed their initial application for disability. Exceptions to the two-year rule include people who have endured permanent kidney failure or have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). People with these conditions are automatically eligible for Medicare coverage.
Who is eligible for disability benefits from Social Security?
Under the current rules of Social Security, a person must have an injury or a medical condition that is expected to keep them from working for a minimum of 12 months in order to be considered disabled (and therefore eligible to receive benefits). Physical conditions, mental conditions, and a combination of the two can be disabilities.
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Bogin, Munns & Munns Can Help With Your Social Security Case
Social Security rules state that the attorney fee agreement must be approved by SSA, and that attorneys will receive 25% (but no more than $6,000) of the back pay owed to the claimant. Our social security attorneys only get paid if your claim is approved, and any incurred costs are billed separately.
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