Social Security Disability is a program of the Federal Government designed to provide monthly payments to a disabled individual. If you are under age 65 and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If an injury or illness prevents you from returning to your job, you may qualify for monthly Social Security disability payments. Rates are set by federal guidelines.
THERE ARE TWO PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE MAY QUALIFY UNDER:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) also called Disability Insurance benefits or Title II, is funded by the FICA tax, which is the payroll tax paid by employees and employers. Applicants who have worked have paid into the Social Security system over the years.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) also called Title XVI, is a needs-based program funded by general taxes. Applicants have limited income and resources and their monthly payments are need-based.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY?
If you are under 50 years of age, the evidence in your file must prove you are unable to do any kind of work.
At age 50 to 54 and again at age 55 to 60, the Social Security Administration lowers the requirements for proving disability. The rationale is that the older an individual gets the harder it is to perform the work in a job that you have never done before. Click above on the Free Consultation button to fill out the free case evaluation and we will get back to you promptly, or call 800.309.0500.
Over-Age-50 Disability Claims such as the samples below are handled successfully by our Social Security lawyers:
- Chronic impairments like cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), etc.
- Spinal disorders like herniated or bulging discs, failed back syndrome, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, heavy lifting damage from repetitive stress injuries, etc.
- Physical impairments like knee and hip replacements, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
- Mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, etc.
If you are over 50 years of age or older, Social Security makes it easier to prove your disability case. If you are 50+ and no longer able to do your past job, we understand that it may be difficult to rehabilitate yourself to conduct other work. The Social Security Administration recognizes that you have most likely conducted the same type of work for a long period of time and you may be less adaptable to new work situations and demands. If your past work was unskilled or semiskilled and there are no sedentary jobs that require your previous skills, then you may be found disable and qualify for benefits. Click above on the Free Consultation button to fill out the free case evaluation and we will get back to you promptly, or call 800.309.0500.
If you are 55 years of age or older, you are unable to do more than light work, you have no transferable skills, you may be found disabled and qualify for benefits. As a person ages, the rules shift again and it becomes easier to prove a person’s disability.
Explanations of what constitutes sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy work are readily available when you contact our offices.
APPLYING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY VS APPEALING
No matter your age, if you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or if you have applied unsuccessfully and are now appealing, your chances for a successful result will increase greatly if you are represented by an experienced Social Security attorney. Our legal team gets results for their clients. Our legal team have been recognized by their peer members numerous times and have been awarded the prestigious Martindale Hubble AV Peer Review Rating which indicates a high level of ethical standards and legal ability. They have also been named Super Lawyers and are members of the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Our Social Security Legal Team at Wettermark Keith is on your side and wants to help you through every step.