If you or a loved one has experienced a permanent disabling illness or an injury, you may be eligible to receive Social Security and/or SSI disability regardless of your age. The Social Security Administration administers disability benefits for millions of Americans who need help covering their expenses and medical needs, but the process of actually obtaining the benefits can be long, confusing, and discouraging.
If you have worked all of your life and suddenly you find yourself unable to work and support yourself or your family, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit that you paid for during the years of work. You must have a certain amount of work credits to be eligible. You generally have to have a strong work background and worked at least some if not all of five of the last ten years. If you are approved, your benefit amount will be based on your earnings records. You are not asking for a hand-out. You are asking for money that you paid into the system.
If you have not worked that much but find yourself needing assistance, you can apply for Supplement Security Income (SSI). This is a welfare based program and you will have to meet both medical and non-medical guidelines. Non-medical guidelines include income, income of a spouse or partner, and assets.
Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration does not always award benefits to people who ask for them, even if they have serious disabilities and real needs. Most of the time, especially if you are under the age of 50, you will have to go to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. We can help you get to this point in your case and then present your case to the judge in the most favorable way possible.
Attorney Lucy Tomberlin practices exclusively in handling cases through the Social Security Administration. Ms. Tomberlin has handled thousands of disability cases with favorable outcomes, including those that concern:
Since nearly all Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Disability cases are denied for the first time, it is important not to give up.You could be throwing benefits away that you are rightfully deserving.
At Closson, Bass, & Tomberlin, we will help you get the disability benefits you need and are qualified to receive. Just give us a call at (229) 244-7171 to discuss your situation and to schedule a free consultation. We can help you navigating through the process and give you helpful information if you are just applying for the first time.
DO NOT WAIT. Give us a call today so we can help.