Ocala Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are disabled and unable to work and earn an income to support yourself, you may qualify for disability benefits through one of the Social Security Administration’s disability benefits programs. However, getting your application approved is a much more complicated process than merely submitting a claim; you’ll need robust evidence that supports your eligibility. At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., our Ocala Social Security disability attorney can help. Call today for the support you need and deserve.
Types of Social Security Disability Programs
The Social Security Administration maintains two types of disability benefit programs. These include:
- Social Security Disability Insurance. Also known as SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance is designed for those who have a qualifying disability as defined by the Social Security Administration, and who worked in jobs covered under Social Security and have earned enough work credits as such. While the specific amount of work credits a person needs to qualify varies, generally, a person needs 40 credits, half of which were earned in the last decade (ending with the year at which the disability occurred).
- Supplemental Security Income. For those who are of limited income and resources, and who perhaps have not earned work credits through the Social Security program, Supplemental Security Income–or SSI–benefits exist. These benefits are for those who are aged, blind, or disabled and who fall below an income/resources threshold. In addition to adults, children may also qualify for SSI benefits.
Defining a Disability for Benefits
The Social Security Administration maintains a strict definition of “disability” for the purpose of awarding benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, you will be considered disabled if:
- You have a condition that’s found in the ‘Blue Book’ listing for impairments; or
- You have a condition that prevents you from doing the work you did before;
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition; and
- The disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
Note that in applying for SSI benefits for children, a condition must result in marked and severe functional limitation rather than inhibit a child’s ability to participate in substantial gainful activity.
Why Work with an Ocala Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are disabled and unable to work as such, receiving benefits is incredibly important. When you file your claim for disability benefits, there is a lot on the line. Working with an attorney may improve your chances of your claim being approved. An attorney knows what the Social Security Administration is looking for and best practices when submitting an application. An attorney can also help you to appeal a denied claim.
Call Our Ocala Social Security Disability Attorney Today
Our experienced Ocala Social Security disability attorney at the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. knows how important receiving benefits is and will work hard for you. We know what goes into an effective disability benefits application and will dedicate the time and resources to your case that it deserves. Please call us today or send us a message to request a free consultation and learn more about how we can serve you.