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Skilled Guidance for SSDI & SSI Applications & Appeals
If you or a loved one is suffering from a disability, Social Security benefits could help stabilize your financial situation. However, the process of obtaining this type of government assistance can be incredibly difficult.
Whether you are applying for social security or seeking an appeal, our Social Security disability attorneys are ready to help. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays disability benefits under two distinct government programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Both of these programs offer financial support to disabled individuals who can no longer work.
There are several physical and mental impairments that can qualify an individual for Social Security benefits, including:
- Respiratory illnesses
- Mental disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Skin disorders
- Organ disease or failure
- Neurological disorders
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Vision and hearing loss
In addition to an impairment, your medical condition must also meet specific criteria. For example, you may be suffering from a coronary artery issue,. To qualify, your left main coronary artery must be narrowed at least 50 percent.
Supplemental Security Income Qualifications
While SSDI is granted based on disability and work credits, SSI is granted based on your age, disability, and income.
You may be eligible to apply for SSI if you:
- Are either 65 and older, blind, or otherwise disabled
- Have limited income and resources
- Are a U.S. citizen, or fall into one of several specific immigrant categories
- Apply for any other benefits you may be eligible for
Like SSDI, there are other specific requirements to qualify for SSI. "Blindness," for example, is defined as 20/200 vision or less with a correcting lens, or a visual field no greater than 20 degrees. "Limited Resources" covers assets you own, including cash, land, personal property, and vehicles.
Appealing a Social Security Disability Denial
If your application for SSDI or SSI has been rejected, it is not the end of the road. Typically, you have 60 days from the date you received the notice of the SSA’s decision to file an appeal.
There are four levels of appeal for Social Security disability decisions, including:
- An ALJ hearing
- An Appeals Council review
- A Federal Court review
To learn more about the levels of appeals or to begin the appeals process, reach out to The Threet Law Firm. We can make sure that your appeal is filed properly and on time.
We are here to help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Call (505) 881-5155 for skilled guidance from our social security disability lawyers.
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