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Social Security Disability Lawyers in Florida
Understanding Your Right to SSDI & SSI Benefits
Eligible workers who develop or have a “serious medical condition” (as defined by law) that prevents them from working at full capacity or at all, either temporarily or permanently, are entitled to receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. Disabled individuals who do not meet the work credit requirements for SSDI benefits may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is meant to provide for low-income individuals with serious medical conditions.
If you need help with your SSDI or SSI claim, reach out to Michles & Booth. Our Florida Social Security disability lawyers can help you determine if you are qualified, file an initial claim, or even appeal a denied SSDI or SSI claim.
SSDI vs. SSI Benefits: an Overview
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two benefits programs for disabled individuals: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Before applying for either type of benefits, it’s important that you first determine which program is appropriate in your situation.
Below is a high-level overview of SSDI and SSI benefits:
- SSDI: SSDI provides temporary or permanent benefits to disabled workers who have payed Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes. Most workers who have worked consistently and have paid taxes on their income/wages will meet this requirement. In order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must also have a “serious medical condition” or qualifying condition.
- SSI: This program is meant to assist individuals with serious medical conditions/disabilities who have not payed enough FICA taxes to make them eligible for SSDI benefits. This program is typically more appropriate for individuals who have not been able to work for a period of time due to their condition. To qualify, you must also fall below a certain income threshold.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
Unfortunately, even qualified individuals often have a difficult time recovering their Social Security disability benefits. Many first-time claims are denied. If this happens to you, you may appeal the denial by submitting a formal request for review and attending a hearing. Our Florida SSD lawyers can assist you in this process.
To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you will typically need to do the following:
- Fill out an application, which includes various information on your work history, education, serious medical condition, and more
- Submit your application and apply by phone, online, or in-person at the nearest Social Security Administration office
In most cases, initial decisions are made by the SSA within two to three months after the application is received. If your application is accepted, you can expect to start receiving benefits. If your application is denied, you can appeal.
To appeal a denied Social Security disability claim, you will need to:
- Submit a Request for Reconsideration online or with the nearest SSA office within 60 days of the date you receive your denial letter
- If you receive a second denial, you may file a Request for Hearing within 60 days of the date you received the Request for Reconsideration denial
- You will then need to attend the hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You may have an attorney assist you in this process
The time between when you submit the Request for Hearing and the actual hearing itself may be as long as 9 to 12 months.
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Every case is different, and at Michles & Booth, we provide each and every client with the personalized legal representation they deserve. If you have any questions about the Social Security disability application process, your SSDI or SSI eligibility, or a denied claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Florida Social Security disability lawyers for assistance.
- Apply for Benefits
- Request a Reconsideration or Hearing
- SSDI Statute – CFR part 404
- Social Security Rulings
- Disability Evaluation “Blue Book”
- Medical Vocational Guideline (GRIDs)
- Adult Listing of Impairments
- Get your Social Security Statement
- List of Social Security Forms
- Locate your local Social Security Office
- Information on Working with a Disability
- Appointed Representative Website
- Contact a Dedicated Social Security Representative
- Information about SSDI from Social Security Administration
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