If, due to an injury or medical condition, you are unable to work for a year, or will be unable to work for a year, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits.
There are two types of Social Security benefits available to the disabled:
Social Security Disability (also called SSD or Title II benefits)
If you’ve worked 20 out of the last 30 quarters (5 out of the last 10 years) and are disabled, you may qualify for SSD benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI or Title XVI benefits)
If you are disabled and low income, you may qualify for SSI benefits regardless of whether you’ve worked.
Worker’s Compensation and Social Security
In some instances, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits at the same time you’re receiving benefits for a workplace injury.
Applying for Social Security benefits can be a long, frustrating process; but it’s important that you don’t give up too early. About half of the people who apply are denied the first time, and only about 3% win on reconsideration. However, about 75% of people win at the third step, at hearings before an Administrative Law Judge.
At De Long Law Office, we will guide you through this confusing and frustrating process and help you build your best case. We will be here to help you with the mountains of paperwork, making sure that it is filled out correctly to avoid unnecessary delays in your claim. We will help you gather the records and opinions that support your case and prepare you before your hearing so that you are ready to tell your story to the judge.