Most people expect that Social Security will serve as part of their retirement income. However, a significant percentage of the workforce will find themselves disabled long before their retirement date. Those experiencing total disability, however, may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is a form of early retirement benefits.
Even under the best of circumstances, the majority of applications for SSDI are initially denied. The application process is complicated, and those going it alone often make mistakes. Hiring an attorney to represent you increases the odds of having the application approved.
Keep in mind that even appeals are often denied, but there is the option of appearing before an Administrative Law Judge to argue the case. At this point, medical records are reviewed, testimony is given, and your attorney has the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses.
The Virginia Social Security lawyers at Rutter Mills can ensure your claim is filed appropriately or appeal a claim denial. We prepare clients for their appearance before an Administrative Law Judge and guide them every step of the way.
Only those who are completely disabled qualify for SSDI. The disability is either expected to last a minimum of one year or until the person dies. There is no funding for short-term or partial disability.
The applicant must also show they have the appropriate number of Social Security credits for eligibility. Anyone who has worked for five out of the past ten years should have accrued enough Social Security work credits to qualify.
The claimant must prove that they cannot perform the type of job formerly held due to the complete disability. The person cannot take on other types of employment due to their age, skill level, education, prior work history, or the physical or mental impairment with which they were diagnosed.
Low-income people who are ineligible for SSDI may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program is based entirely on financial need and is available to those who are blind or totally disabled, or over 65, with limited income and resources. The current resource limit is $2,000 per person or $3,000 for a married couple. SSI funds pay for food, shelter, and clothing.
Our Virginia lawyers for Social Security disability can determine whether a client qualifies for SSI based on their income and personal assets.
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If your SSDI application was denied, or if you want to ensure the application is submitted correctly from the start, you need the services of a personal injury lawyer at Rutter Mills. Arrange a free consultation by completing our online form or calling or texting us 24/7.
For more than half a century, we have helped those applying for SSDI and SSI receive the benefits they deserve. We can also aid clients with related claims, including workers’ compensation. There is never a fee unless you receive compensation.
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