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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 and 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.

Our 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 and 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

What’s the Difference Between SSD and SSDI?

The primary difference between the two is how people qualify for the programs.

  • SSI qualification is determined based on need-based assistance. This includes limited income, resources, and your age and disability.
  • SSDI qualification is determined based on work credits that contributed to Social Security taxes.

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, the disability must still be proven.

Let our Sacramento Social Security Disability lawyers help you by calling us today at (916) 571-0400. We offer free initial consultations for all new clients.

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