Helping South Florida Residents With The Social Security Disability Process
Understanding Eligibility For Social Security Disability And Benefits Available
The transition from being a full-time breadwinner to a person unable to work because of a disability is never an easy one. It requires making many changes to your daily routine as you learn new self care skills.
It is not uncommon for people to question their life goals and worry about the future — and for their family members to question and worry as well.
The good news is that Social Security Disability benefits are available to provide a safety net for individuals who cannot work due to a disability.
What Is Considered A Disability?
In order to be covered by SSDI or SSI, a person must qualify as “disabled” in the way that Social Security defines the term. In order to qualify as “disabled,” a person must:
- Be unable to do the work they could do before they became disabled
- Be unable to adjust to other work due to their medical condition(s)
- Have a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death
In addition to meeting the definition of “disabled,” you must also have worked and paid into Social Security for long enough to be covered by Social Security Disability.
The Filing Process
We do not file the initial application, this is done by the client. It is a lengthy application and they cover everything from education, treatments, and work history for the past 15 years. Once the application is filed, we can schedule an appointment right away.
Because there is a time limit on how recently you worked, it is important to talk to a disability benefits lawyer as soon as you can in order to start the filing process.
If you wait too long, you may no longer be considered “insured.” If this happens, you will not be able to qualify for benefits on your own work record, even if you meet the definition of “disabled.”
What Types Of Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available?
If you qualify for and receive Social Security Disability benefits, you receive a direct deposit of your benefits into your savings or checking account each month. These cash benefits can be used to pay for your household needs, transportation, medical care and other items. The amount you receive is calculated based on how much you have worked and paid into Social Security during your career.
After a waiting period, you may also qualify for Medicare benefits. Medicare covers a wide range of medical needs, including some hospital visits, surgeries, testing, equipment and medications.
An attorney can help you understand how Medicare will apply to your situation, and you can also purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace if you want additional coverage.
Helping You Apply
It’s very important to seek out the help of an experienced attorney to help with your Social Security Disability claim. It’s not uncommon for a majority of valid claims to be denied at first.
Working with a qualified Florida SSD lawyer at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa can improve your chances of getting the benefits you need.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about Social Security Disability.