If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be entitled to government benefits. These benefits come in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), depending upon your specific situation. Individuals often want to know which medical conditions qualify for disability. The truth is that the Social Security laws are complex, and a wide variety of physical and psychological impairments can be disabling, The disability attorneys at the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona law firm of Roeschke Law, LLC can help you apply for and obtain these benefits. WE DO NOT COLLECT A FEE UNLESS YOU WIN!
What Is The Difference Between SSI and SSDI?
SSDI is a benefit available to those who have paid into the Social Security System during the time that they were employed. You must have paid in for a certain amount of time, or the number of quarters, in order to be eligible for this benefit. SSI, on the other hand, is a benefit available to the disabled or those of advanced age who have limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, SSI is a means-tested program. These programs have different requirements and it is, therefore, important to understand which you are eligible for before applying for one or the other. An experienced attorney has the ability to consult with you and determine whether you should apply for SSDI, SSI, or both.
How Do You Apply For SSDI or SSI?
Applying for disability benefits is a complicated process. Applicants must collect a variety of information and documentation in order to submit a complete application. This information and documentation include, but is not limited to:
- Personal information: full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, marital status (including the full name, Social Security Number and date of birth of your spouse) and work history
- Financial information: bank account and routing numbers, proof of earnings and resources
- Medical information: detailed information about your disability, names and contact information of doctors and a list of your prescriptions
- Documents: proof of citizenship, government-issued identification, pay stubs and/or tax documents and medical records from doctors and hospitals
It is essential that you submit a completed initial application for disability benefits. Many people are denied these benefits due to the fact that they have failed to submit all of the information required by the Social Security Administration. Submitting a complete application initially will greatly increase your chances of obtaining government-issued disability benefits.
It is also important to remember that it may take weeks or months to receive a decision regarding your benefits. Our attorneys will continuously follow up on your application to move the process along as quickly as possible.
Can You Appeal If Your Application Is Denied?
If for some reason your application for benefits is denied, whether our attorneys submitted the application on your behalf or not, we can represent you throughout the appeals process. The appeals process is also a complicated one, making it important to have a seasoned advocate at your side. The process includes a number of stages, including a hearing and possibly even the filing of a lawsuit in federal court. This is not something that you want to go through alone.
Contact Our Arizona Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are disabled and interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits, our attorneys are here to help. Contact the Tucson and Phoenix, AZ attorneys at the Disability Attorneys of Arizona by calling (800) 975-1866 for a free consultation today.