The Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income disability programs offered by the Social Security Administration are very large Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. These two programs are different in many ways and are only for individuals who have a disability and meet certain medical or financial criteria. If the claimant has the necessary medical and disability conditions they should qualify for benefits under one, or the other, program.
Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you, and possibly to certain members of your family, if you have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income, is different because it pays benefits based on a disability and financial need.
If you ask Thomas Employment Law Group, Inc. to file on your behalf, or if you have applied for either program and been denied, we work with you, and your doctors, to collect the medical information necessary to have your case approved. Approval is typically known as a “Fully Favorable Award.” Please contact us immediately so we can work for you to Appeal any denial, or to prepare for a Hearing at the Social Security Administration, to prepare your case to ensure that you meet Social Security's definition of disability.
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than all other disability programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. You are disabled under Social Security rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- You cannot adjust to other work (as determined by the Social Security Administration) because of your medical condition(s); and,
- Your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year. Or the disability will result in death.
The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments. Contact Thomas Employment Law Group, Inc. to ensure you receive these Social Security benefits.
If your application has recently been denied, or was denied in the past, we can file the Appeal to request a review of the Social Security’s decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.