The Social Security process varies case to case. Many factors are taken into account, leading to some cases lasting longer than others. Therefore, it is best to start the process as soon as possible. Here are the major steps each case may encounter:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federally funded program designed to provide income for qualifying individuals who are unable to work because of their disability or to the family members of those disabled people that have a qualifying work history. SSDI is paid on a monthly basis to its recipients and received by those who have paid Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes. Unlike Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), with the SSI program there is no requirement to have worked in the past and paid into the program. The SSI program is designated to help disabled, aged, and blind people who have little or no income. Also, it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. Furthermore, SSI benefits are available to adults over the age of 65 without disabilities who meet the financial limits established by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Social Security Process
The initial claim is your first step in the Social Security process. This step can require a significant amount of paperwork as Social Security tries to decide whether you are, in fact, disabled.
Scheidler Law can facilitate the initial claim process for you.
Request for Reconsideration
If your initial claim is denied, which they often are, the next step is to file a request for reconsideration. This is asking Social Security to take another look at the claim they just denied. Unfortunately, these are often denied as well.
Scheidler Law can facilitate the request for reconsideration process for you.
Administrative Law Judge Hearing
If your request for reconsideration is for denied, the next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. At this hearing, the judge will listen to evidence and testimony to determine whether you are disabled.
Scheidler Law can represent you at an administrative law judge hearing.
Learn more about the Social Security Administration.
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