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Unable To Work Because of Disability or Illness?


If you are unable to work because of disability or illness you may be able to qualify for social security disability benefits. There are two types of disability benefits, SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or DIB (Disability Insurance Benefits) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). For each type of benefits you must meet social security's definition of disabled. In addition, in order to receive SSDI, you must be insured for disability purposes. In order to receive SSI benefits, you must meet certain financial requirements as this program is based on need. ln some instances, it is possible to qualify for both programs, if your SSDI benefits are small enough.

The application process has several steps. First, you file an application with social security. The application is evaluated, often with the assistance of state agencies and is either accepted or rejected. Often applicants who are rejected at the initial stages go on to qualify for benefits. If your application is rejected, you may file a request for consideration. It is important that you submit your request for reconsideration in a timely manner. If you do not, your application will be denied and you must start the process over again from the beginning.

You can complete the application process and the reconsideration process yourself. We usually do not become involved in cases until the request for reconsideration has been denied. You may file an application and find out information about your eligibility for benefits by visiting the social security website at www.ssa.gov

Once you are in the process of seeking benefits, we can assist you explaining how the process works, making sure that all of your medical records are in your file, requesting information from your doctors which will help social security make a decision in your favor, respond to the concerns of the social security administration, prepare you for the hearing, attending your hearing with you, developing an argument that you are entitled to benefits and, if necessary, appealing an unfavorable decision.

Please call us to schedule a free initial consultation at 813-251-6666. Please bring all of the information you have received from social security with you to your appointment.

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