Social Security Disability
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Living with a disability can present many challenges, sometimes including the inability to work. Fortunately, Social Security Disability benefits from the federal government provide a safety net for people who have paid into the system. If you have paid Social Security taxes, you may be entitled to certain benefits if you are no longer able to work due to a disability. However, the application process for Social Security is lengthy and requires careful documentation for a claim to be approved. About half of initial applications are denied, but many claims are granted on appeal. Plymouth County Social Security Disability lawyer Michael S. Mehrmann understands how to navigate this process and can put his knowledge to use in your case. From his office in Kingston, he also represents people who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits or pursuing personal injury claims.
Understanding the Social Security Disability Process
The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs two federal programs to provide financial assistance to individuals with disabilities: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. An individual should apply for disability benefits as soon as they become disabled, since the process of reviewing the application can take several months. You must provide information about when your disability began, as well as the names and addresses of the physicians and medical providers who have treated you.
While the application process is the same in each state, the determination process can vary from state to state. Once you apply for SSDI or SSI through the website or your local Social Security office, Disability Determination Services (DDS), a Massachusetts state agency, will make the actual decision on your benefits claim.
SSDI is a federal benefit available to individuals who have severe medical conditions that render them unable to perform the duties of any past job or any other type of regular employment. To be eligible for SSDI, individuals must meet a strict definition of disability. The Social Security Administration considers your age, education, past work experience, and medical condition. You must be able to demonstrate that you are disabled from all employment or that you expect to be disabled for 12 months or longer. You must also have paid into the Social Security system for a sufficient amount of time to be eligible for these benefits. In some cases, people prove their eligibility by showing that they meet the criteria of a listing in the SSA’s manual of disabling conditions. In other cases, they must prove that, while they do not meet the criteria of a certain listing, they are unable to work in any job that could theoretically be available. A Social Security Disability attorney in Plymouth County can help you compile evidence for your claim.
SSI is a federal program that provides disability benefits in the form of monthly payments to certain individuals who are either disabled, blind, or over the age of 65. Furthermore, in order to qualify for SSI, you must prove that you have very limited income or resources. Unlike with SSDI, you do not need to pay into SSI to receive these benefits. These benefits are also available to children who are blind or have a disability.
It is important to note that Massachusetts adds more money to SSI payments for Massachusetts residents through the State Supplement Program (SSP). As with SSI, your eligibility is based on financial need. However, you might qualify for SSP even if your income is too high for you to qualify for SSI. In order to be eligible for SSP, you must meet a number of requirements. A skilled lawyer can examine your situation and help you determine your eligibility.
Retain a Plymouth County Social Security Disability Attorney
Applying for Social Security benefits in Massachusetts can be an overwhelming process, which is why it is advisable to have a skilled attorney on your side. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann, we are committed to helping people at all stages of the application process and with any appeals that may be necessary. You can rest assured that we will thoroughly assess your case and help you understand your options in terms of benefits. We proudly represent residents of Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Pembroke, Carver, Hanson, and Duxbury. If you are interested in a free consultation, call (781) 585-3911 or contact us online today. Michael S. Mehrmann not only assists people who are seeking a Social Security Disability lawyer in Plymouth County but also victims who need a car accident lawyer or representation in a personal injury claim.