Social Security Disability (SSD) is designed for those who have suffered disabilities and can no longer work. Social Security Disability benefits are paid to the disabled individual as well as specified members of their family when the applicant has worked long enough and paid taxes for Social Security. On top of this, many disability applicants also apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI pays out its own set of benefits based on the applicant’s financial needs. SSD is paid for through Social Security taxes, while SSI is a program funded through general tax revenues.
As someone who has been hurt, you need to know that it’s not always easy to apply for and be approved for SSD. You’ll need to show that you can no longer work or have a quality of life without the benefits. You need to have a permanent medical condition with significant mental health or physical health implications. In some instances, that condition may be expected to be terminal.
Many people receive a denial the first time they apply for SSD. It’s not good, but it’s something you can overcome. Your attorney will work with you to understand why your claim was denied and then to find ways to make your claim stronger. For example, if you failed to provide enough evidence of your medical condition affecting your ability to work, your attorney may have multiple ways for you to get more supporting documents and have the Social Security Administration (SSA) reconsider.
Getting SSD isn’t a simple task, and the application has to be filled out perfectly. Our website has more information on how you can apply for SSD or appeal if your claim was rejected. If you’re interested in SSI, that may be another aspect to discuss with your attorney.