Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Under these Federal Social Security programs, individuals receive monthly checks and medical benefits. If you are not working because of an illness, an injury or emotional problems, you may be eligible to receive SSDI or SSI benefits. If you applied for SSI or SSDI and been denied, our lawyers can help with your appeal.
If we do not get your benefits approved, we don’t get paid. If we do get your benefits approved, the attorney’s fee is limited to 25% of the back award, or $6,000, whichever is LESS. No further fees are taken from the monthly checks you receive after benefits are awarded. Again, if you do not receive benefits, or if there is no back award in your case, then no fee is charged. Our Social Security lawyers can significantly improve your chances of obtaining your Social Security benefits.
There are important differences between the SSDI and SSI programs:
•Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled people (including certain disabled dependents) who have paid into the Social Security trust fund through Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes.
•Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program providing financial aid to disabled people who meet low-income guidelines. SSI program benefits are available to the disabled regardless of their employment history.
According to the Social Security Act, to qualify for disability payments (either SSDI or SSI) you must prove that you have a disability. A disability means: The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
While an estimated 6.5 million people received Social Security benefits last year, many first time applicants were denied and others had their benefits terminated. Insufficient medical proof of a disabling physical or mental impairment is often to blame for a negative outcome.
Our firm is available for legal support throughout the claims process and can offer invaluable assistance in all of your interactions with the Social Security Administration.
Our attorneys will help appeal your claim if you are denied benefits and will ensure that all requirements and deadlines are met. If you must appear before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge in a hearing to determine your eligibility for disability, your attorney will prepare you for the hearing and present your case before the judge.
If you need help in filing or appealing a social security claim, it is important to have expert legal help. Please contact the Keener Law Firm today at (770) 955‑3000 or toll free at: (800) 900‑2400.