Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability
If you are unable to work and provide for yourself and your family due to a disabling condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits administered through the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). Any benefits received may depend upon your disability, work history, and income. Alternatively, you could be eligible based on your disability and need alone, regardless of work history and income. Such benefits are not automatically granted, simply because your physician has stated that you can no longer work. Attorney Marie Elsa Masson is an experienced social security disability attorney in Central Florida who can help you through the sometimes confusing process of obtaining the disability benefits you deserve.
There are specific rules and processes which must be followed when applying to the SSA for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. It is not unusual for an application for disability benefits to be denied initially but then later approved. With Attorney Masson representing you, there is no need to become discouraged with the process and give up, if your initial application has been denied. Masson can help you from the beginning to the process of full appeal, as necessary.
Attorney Masson provides two essential benefits:
- Her understanding and knowledge of the SSA application and appeals process; and
- Her ability to develop and effectively present medical evidence to support your claim.
Mental & Physical Disabilities
To qualify for disability benefits, you are required to demonstrate that you have a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from maintaining gainful, substantial employment. It must be expected that your disability will last continuously for a minimum of 12 months or longer. Medical evidence providing objective proof of your impairment must be provided, in order to substantiate your disability and impairment. When the SSA is evaluating a physical or psychological disability, it will be determined whether you are capable of performing sedentary, light, or medium work. To make this determination, your residual functional capacity will be examined with your age, educational level, transferable skills, and physical or mental limitations in mind.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
When an initial Social Security Disability benefit claim has been denied, you have 60 days in which to file a request for reconsideration. If that request is denied, you have 60 days in which to file a request for a hearing. As necessary, it is strongly recommended that you continue fighting for a hearing. The hearing is usually a part of the process that people go through, when benefits are awarded. The best chance of being awarded disability benefits is in having an SSDI hearing. It can be costly to file a new application because you can’t be awarded back benefits that are more than a year before the date of application. It is highly advisable to avoiding missing deadlines and being forced to start the process all over again.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program based on need, according to the recipient’s income and assets. SSI is not funding by FICA taxes, as SSDI is. Instead, SSI is considered a means-tested program in which benefits are unrelated to work history. To qualify, an individual most meet the disability criteria set out by the SSA and possess assets valued at no more than $2,000. Anyone eligible for SSI can also receive Medicaid benefits.
Contact Attorney Marie E. Masson Today
Many people who have been paying into the system for many years have suffered a physical or mental disability and yet have been denied the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve. Attorney Marie E. Masson will work diligently to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.