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Social Security Claims & Benefits
A recent article in The Kansas City Star lead with the headline, “Social Security Disability applicants struggle through a labyrinth of bureaucracy.” The article read, “An aging baby boom population and high unemployment rates are combining to flood the Social Security Administration (SSA) with applications for Disability insurance benefits. The result: a backlogged system that can take years to pay out benefits.”
The SSA is notoriously slow and also is notorious for denying claims.
Dealing with a bureaucracy can be difficult. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help make things easier. We’ll explain the process and guide you through all of the paperwork. Even if your claim was denied, don’t throw in the towel. Two out of three applications are denied at the initial level according to the Social Security Association.
You’re not alone.
What does “disability” mean?
If you have a disability, the SSA pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability. "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. The SSA considers you disabled under its rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- The SSA decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
What’s the difference between Disability benefits and SSI?
While Disability benefits are paid to those who meet the requirements above, Supplemental Security Income benefits, or SSI benefits, are paid to individuals 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. It also pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
Don’t give up—help is available!
We know that it’s easy to become frustrated, confused, even angry, when dealing with a big bureaucracy such as the SSA. The application process of simply making a claim can be maddening. If you need help applying for Social Security Disability or if you feel you’re eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but the SSA has denied your claim, don’t lose hope. The injury lawyers at Daniel Stark will help you appeal your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.
We’ve been through this before, so we know which forms you need to fill out, what deadlines need to be met, and how to help move along your claim instead of letting it get stuck in the backlog.
With three offices to serve you, we are your Texas lawyers. We have offices in Bryan/College Station, Waco and Austin, so we can help you wherever you’re located, including outlying areas such as Austin, Bastrop, Bellmead, Belton, Brenham, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Georgetown, Harker Heights, Hearne, Killeen, Madisonville, McGregor, Navasota, Pflugerville, Rockdale, Round Rock, Temple, and Waco.