Disability Law

Social Security Disability is offered as a form of financial assistance by the federal government. Primarily, Social Security Disability is awarded to disabled individuals through two programs SSI or Supplemental Security Income and SSDI or Social Security Disability Insurance.

Generally, in order to to be eligible for disability payments from the Social Security Administration an individual must be either mentally or physically impaired to such a degree that they cannot work, the disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Additionally, the individual must be a United States Citizen, not a felon and not leave the United States for more than 30 consecutive days.

The process for applying for either SSI or SSDI is similar:

  • If an individual is disabled he or she must fill out an application with the Social Security Administration, an individual can call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or visit www.ssa.gov, if necessary representatives with the SSA can assist with this application.

  • Unfortunately many deserving disabled individuals are denied disability benefits there is, however, an appeals process through which many disability claims are review and ultimately paid.

If you are disabled and are considering applying for Social Security Disability it is important that you do not delay. The time period between initially filling out an application and ultimately receiving benefits can be very lengthy even if approved at the initial stage.


Disability Term of the Day

Able-bodied

Able-bodied refers to individuals who are mentally and physically strong and healthy, not disabled, able to work, and able to complete other daily tasks without help from others

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Latest Disability Question

If I am injured or disabled when is the best time to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits?

If you have been injured or you are disabled you can apply for disability benefits immediately. Before you file, however, you need to make sure you meet the basic nonmedical requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance.

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