Lawyers Answering Questions About Qualifying For SSD
If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, you may think it is because you do not qualify for SSD. In reality, the majority of initial applications for SSD benefits are denied. You may still qualify and you still may be able to get benefits with the help of an experienced lawyer at Kampf, Schiavone & Associates.
Are You Eligible For Benefits?
In terms of qualifying for SSD, one of the first thing to understand is that there are two different programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You may be eligible for one and not the other, depending on your situation.
The first criteria that you must meet in order to get benefits is that you must be disabled. This sounds straightforward, but it can be complicated. Simply having a doctor say that you are disabled may not be enough. You need to meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled. Our attorneys know this definition, and we know how to gather the appropriate medical documentation to show that you meet the definition. We bring decades of combined experience to these cases, so we know how to get results.
The second criteria relates to your work history. In order to be eligible for SSDI, you must have contributed a certain amount of wages into Social Security. If you do not meet this criteria, you may still be eligible for SSI, which does not require contributions to Social Security.
If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, we will determine whether you are eligible. If you are, our attorneys will help you pursue an appeal. Our services are available to people in San Bernardino and throughout California’s Inland Empire.