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Frequently Asked Questions About SSDI & SSI

Do you need assistance obtaining information regarding your Social Security disability case? At Coats & Todd, we can provide you with the answers and general information that you need regarding the Social Security program. In this section, we answer a number of questions pertaining to Social Security disability insurance and how you can receive the financial assistance you need.

What is the difference between SSDI and Supplemental Security Income?

Individuals who are disabled or blind will need to have paid Social Security taxes to be eligible for insurance benefits under this program. Other differences include the payment and medical coverage available from the two programs.

To be eligible for Supplemental Security income, a disabled individual will need to meet different criteria, including:

  • Have limited income
  • Have limited resources
  • Be a United States citizen or national
  • Live in the U.S. or Northern Mariana Islands

What are the benefits of hiring a disability advocate who is a lawyer?

With the help of a disability advocate who is an attorney, you ensure that you have someone representing you who has passed the accrediting requirements to provide adequate representation under the law. He or she will have undergone legal training and will have graduated from law school and passed the Bar exam. Moreover, attorneys are subject to strict ethical requirements and must follow ongoing, continuing education to ensure they are familiar with changes in the law. These are just some of the advantages to hiring an advocate who is a licensed attorney.

Who is eligible for disability benefits from Social Security?

Under Social Security laws, individuals are only considered disabled if a medical condition is expected to keep them from working for a minimum of 12 months or is expected to result in death. The disability can either be a physical condition, mental condition, or a combination of both.

If I need to apply for benefits, what should I do?

You will need to contact the Social Security Administration either online, by phone, or in person to file an application for disability benefits. You should have all of your information available so that you can ensure an application is correctly filed. This includes information regarding medical conditions, medication, treatment, and work history. Contact our firm today to help get you started.

Am I required to wait a certain amount of time before filing for SSD benefits?

You should file for Social Security disability benefits as soon as possible. Disability applications can take a very long time to be processed, and if you know that you will be out of work for a minimum of a year, you should start right away.

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At Coats & Todd, we offer individuals a free case evaluation to help them get started pursuing a positive case outcome. If you have further questions related to Social Security disability, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

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