Social Security Disability (SSDI) & (SSI)

Do you need help in filing a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim?

Have you Been Denied a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim?

 

Believe it or not, nearly 70% of initial applications are denied! If your application for SSDI or SSI is denied, you will be able to appeal. In order to appeal, you will have to submit your request within 60 days of the notice of denial.   

This is where we come in, we will assist you with preparing your claim for consideration by the administrative law judge. We will assist you with gathering your medical documentation, creating summaries regarding your daily limitations, etc. in order to get your claim approved.

It is essential to have the Webb Law Firm assist you with the process of having your claim handled correctly, the first time before it has been denied, especially when you have suffered a permanent disability to ensure you receive, fair, appropriate compensation under the law. Even if your initial claim has been denied, we can help so call today!

Are You Already Receiving Monthly Time-Loss Payments and Want a Settlement (to receive a fixed settlement of the claim paid over a shorter period of time in cash payments)?

Contact us today (425) 522-4200 to discuss your SSDI or SSI claim.  

We will ensure you get compensated appropriately and fairly for your disability claim.

Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Income?

How the Social Security Administration (SSA), determines whether you qualify is a 5 step test:

1. SSA will ask if you are working? If they are aware you are employed and make over a specific amount of monthly income, you will likely not qualify. The monthly income amount changes annually, here is how to find the most current figure (monthly income cutoff amount). If you are not employed or if the monthly income you make is less than the cutoff, SSA will determine if you have a qualifying medical condition.

2. SSA will determines if your condition is “severe.” To meet the SSA definition for disability, your ability to do "basic work" activities for at least the past year is significantly limited.  If you don't meet this "severe" standard, you claim will be denied.  

3. SSA will determine if your condition meets is criteria (listing)? This is where a lot of claims are denied, SSA has a proprietary list of medical conditions they consider "severe" enough to keep a person from gainful employment.  If the disability/ailment isn't on their list SSA will evaluate whether the disability is similar enough to the other conditions on the list.  If it is similar, your claim may move forward, if not it will be denied. If it is similar, then SSA moves on to the next step.

4. Are you able to do the same work/job you previously were able to? SSA will determine if your condition/impairment keeps you from doing what you previously did, if not, they will determine you don't qualify, if you are unable then the determination moves to the final step, step 5. 

5. What other type of work are you capable of performing? When unable to do the same job you used to do, SSA will determine if there is any similar work you can perform regardless of the condition/impairment.  If you are unable to do either type of work, SSA determines if you qualify as disabled.  If you are able to do other types of work, your claim will be denied. 

What is SSI and how do I qualify?

SSI is Supplemental Security Income and it provides payments to adults or children who are disabled and have very limited resources and income (maximum $733/month for an individual or $1,110/month for couples).  

If you meet the income limitation, then the SSA will look to see if you have any resources (stocks, bonds, cars, or other assets which can be converted to cash for your assistance).  There are, of course, limitations to what can be considered by SSA, including but not limited to, your primary home owned by your spouse or you, one wedding and one engagement ring, automobile used for necessary transportation, scholarships, grants, life insurance less that $1,500, federal housing assistance, etc.  

SSI is also usually only available to US citizens, with few exceptions.  

How do I prove I'm disabled and can't work?

This, of course, is always the biggest question the SSA has to make regarding providing financial assistance.

Things taken into consideration regarding disability determinations include:

(1) can you engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), i.e., can you work, if so, do you make more than $1,130 per month - if you make more than that you won't qualify for SSDI or SSI and you can't just stop working to get SSI or SSDI, you had to stop working due to the condition getting worse

(2) is your disability Medically Determinable, meaning does it meet the medically acceptable standards

(3) how long is your disability expected to last - if it is not expected to last for at least 12 months or not expected to lead to death, you will not qualify. Blindness is already exempt from this requirement.

 

SSDI Steps:

1) File your initial claim (Apply for Disability) we can assist you with this if you choose.

2) If your claim for disability benefits was initially denied, you must first file for Reconsideration within 60 days from the notice of denial.  

3) If the reconsideration is denied then you may request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge.

4) If the administrative law judge denies your claim then you may appeal that ruling to the Appeals Council

5) If that Appeals Council Review is not in your favor, you may appeal that decision to Federal Court.

 

Click HERE for a rundown on the SSDI Claims Process

Click HERE to start an Appeal

 

The process can be very daunting and confusing so make sure and contact us today for assistance through the Social Security Administration. We are here to help you get the benefits you deserve.

 

Contact Us today for assistance in filing your SSDI or SSI claim or appealing a denied claim! 

 

Helpful resources:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Bluebook of Disabilities/Condition - Adult Disabilities/Conditions - Juvenile Disabilities/Conditions

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