As you know, there are two types of Social Security Disability Benefits, Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. However, the process to apply for each benefit is different.
Generally, if a person has worked in the private sector (meaning they did not work in a local, state, or federal government position), they have paid into the Disability Insurance Benefits program. As we work, we earn quarters of coverage so that, if or when we become disabled, we can file a claim for benefits. When a person is eligible for Disability Insurance Benefits, our firm can file the claim for you and jump in right away, or, in the alternative, the injured worker can file on their own online or in-person at their local Social Security Office.
However, when it comes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the process is a little different. SSI is available for those who have a limited or no work history and meet certain income limits. For SSI applications, they MUST be filed in-person or over-the-phone. There is no online application for SSI. As a result, we as a firm cannot file the claim for you; however, we can begin to represent you immediately after the claim is filed.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your eligibility for disability, or any other disability related questions, our firm stands ready to serve your needs and answer your questions at any point throughout the application and appeals process.