LegalEasy Episode #7: Social Security Disability
Learn how HoganWillig can help you with your application or appeal for Social Security Disability.
You probably have seen television or movie depictions of courtrooms, so you may expect your Social Security disability hearing to take place in a big, old courthouse with lots of pomp and circumstance.
Q: How do I know if you can help me?
A: The only way to know if we can help you is for you to present your case to us, so that we can review your work and medical history and ask questions about your disability. Contact us right away for your free consultation on your case.
Parents who have children with disabilities face a myriad of legal, medical and financial issues. There are a host of government programs which can provide assistance in a variety of forms including housing and medical coverage. Two programs, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income(SSI), provide cash.
Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin recently announced that 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions will be added to the existing list of conditions, bringing it up to 225 in total. The Compassionate Allowances program aims to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities are able to secure their benefit decisions in a matter of days, rather than months or years.
On Wednesday, October 30th, the Social Security Administration announced that monthly Social Security and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 1.5 percent beginning in 2014. This increase affects nearly 63 million Americans.
Am I eligible for Social Security Disability?
In order to qualify for SSD you must have worked in a job(s) covered under the Social Security System and paid Social Security taxes. By working and paying taxes, you earn Social Security credits. The number of credits required to qualify for disability depends on your age and how long you have worked. You can check your Social Security Statement to see how many credits you have earned or contact Social Security’s toll free number at 800.772.1213 for this information.
After reading a recent article in the Buffalo News entitled “A brief review of how Social Security disability payments work” I thought I could address some of the issues that in my experience many people face in navigating and understanding the system.
Depending on your own situation, you may be eligible for one or more of the following: