Determining Eligibility for SSDI or SSI Benefits
If you have been working for five out of the last 10 years and have a disability
you expect will last for at least 12 months or result in death, you may
be eligible for SSDI benefits, which offer a portion of your wages (depending
on how much money you earned in the past) and medical benefits. With Supplemental
Security Income (SSI), qualified applicants would receive a monthly amount
of $674 for an individual and $1,011 for an eligible couple (as of 2011).
In determining SSDI eligibility, Social Security officials will consider
- Your medical condition
- Your age
- The extent of your physical or mental limitations
- Your vocational training or work experience
SSI benefits are for people who are blind, disabled, of age 65 or older
with little or no income. The program provides cash to meet basic needs
for food clothing and shelter. Even if you believe you meet the requirements
for either SSDI or SSI, you may run into obstacles when applying for Social
Security because the application process is complex. The government has
strict definitions for various disabilities, which means who is and isn’t
eligible may be a difficult question to answer. In most cases, an initial
application is rejected.
Questions? Speak with Our Detroit SSDI Lawyers Today.
At Goodman Acker, our dedicated legal team can work with you throughout
the process. With an experienced attorney on your side, you have a better
chance of success on appeal than going through the process alone. Remember,
you don’t owe us any attorney fees unless we are successful in helping
you obtain benefits.
Please give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.