There are two assistance programs administered by the Social Security Administration that offer benefits to qualifying people, Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability programs. The first, Social Security Disability, gives benefits to people and certain members of their families. Eligibility for this program is based on time spent working and social security taxes paid. The other assistance program, Supplemental Security Income, will pay some benefits based on a qualified individual’s financial need.
When applying for either of these assistance programs, there are a series of questions that are used to figure out an individual’s need. The first question is about employment. A person who is working and earning $1,040 or more per month will not qualify. If you are unemployed, or do not make $1,040 per month, the next determinant will be whether or not an individual’s condition affects the ability to complete standard job related activities. If the condition hinders the ability to work, the next phase is to establish whether or not the affecting condition is on the list of medical conditions for the different major body systems. If the condition is not on the list, that does not automatically disqualify the individual, but it will need to be looked into further to determine severity and whether it actually has an effect on the ability to do work. The final factor before an individual is determined eligible or ineligible is if they can do any other type of work. The Social Security Administration will consider age, education and past work experience in addition to an individual’s medical condition.
Now that you are aware of the criteria used to establish eligibility, what if you are not approved but feel that you should have been? The first thing that could be done is completing a social security disability appeal. The individual can do this without any type of legal representation. The other option would be to retain the services of a social security attorney to assist with this process. There are numerous benefits of employing somebody to represent you. These include working with an individual who is an expert on the rules and regulations of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. They are also acquainted with the procedure of filing an appeal and have the exact same interest at heart, getting an individual approved for one of these programs.
Depending on your specific situation, you may qualify for either Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. If you truly feel you meet the criteria, to get started with the process, fill out an application on the Internet.