Have Questions about Qualifying for SSD & SSI?
Our Sacramento Disability Lawyers Can Determine if You Are Eligible for
Social Security Benefits
When people come to our law offices at
Smolich & Smolich, one of the first questions they often ask is "Am I eligible for
social security benefits?" We can answer these questions and, whether
you are preparing to file an initial application or have already submitted
one and have been denied, we can help you work towards obtaining the benefits you need.
Sacramento Social Security Disability attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to assist you from the initial
application through the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing and Appeals
Council. Contact Smolich & Smolich today to learn more.
- Our firm can help you:
- Determine if you are eligible to receive SSD or SSI benefits, or both
- Properly prepare and file your initial application
- Fight a denied application through the appeals process
Eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits
The first eligibility criterion for
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is, of course, that you worked, contributed Social Security taxes, and
earned sufficient credits to be insured. The second criterion is proving
that you are disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Act. Medical
documentation and other evidence must prove your disability.
Without quality legal assistance, many initial applications are denied
because the disability is not clearly presented.
Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to disabled individuals
and those aged 65 or older. The eligibility requirements are more strict
than SSD, and often times, the benefits are not as substantial. To qualify
for SSI, you must meet both medical and non-medical rules. Under the non-medical
rules, whether or not you can get SSI depends on your income and resources
(the things you own). However, there is no requirement that sufficient
credits be earned from your work history. Of course, under the medical
rules, disability must still be proven.
What’s the Difference Between SSDI & SSI
Let our Sacramento Social Security Disability lawyers help you by calling
us today at 916-571-0400 (local) or (888) 452-0703 (toll-free). We offer
free initial consultations for all new clients.