Please read this page for an overview on the Social Security Disability Insurance application and appeals process. If you or a family member is or becomes disabled and is unable to work, Social Security pays you (and certain family members) benefits.. There are two different disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Applicants can qualify for one program or both.
What is SSDI?
SSDI is for people who have worked for at least 10 years / 40 quarters and paid taxes into the Social Security system before they became disabled. The Qualification is based on work history and the amount of social security taxes they have paid.
What is SSI?
Similar to SSDI. Supplemental Security Income or SSI is for if you become disabled and unable to work or if you are over age 65+ and blind. However, you do not have to have a work history to qualify for SSI. SSI eligibility is based primarily on financial need and is for people with limited income and resources.
Applying for SSDI and SSI
Applications for SSDI benefits can be done online or in person at the local Social Security Administration Office. SSI benefits applications are only accepted in person at your local Social Security Office. Both applications do not have a fee for applying.
Medical evidence of your disability is required with both applications. This includes medical and hospital records as well as supporting statements from your doctor(s). You will need to prove that you have become disabled and your condition will last more than 12 months.
An attorney is not required but having an attorney can help make the application process easier. The FAB Law Firm is familiar with the rules of the process and can also prepare appeals and represent you in a hearing before a judge if you are denied.
There is no fee to hire an attorney. The FAB Law Firm will only be paid if your case is won and you are awarded back pay, With a maximum of 25% of the awarded amount.
Denial and Appeal Process
Social Security applications are often denied at first. You will receive a Notice of Denial if this happens.
Your first appeal is a Request for Reconsideration. Many people choose to hire an attorney at this stage or the next stage. If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, the next step is to file a Request for Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge. This hearing is where you will meet with a judge and explain your medical condition(s) how you are prevented from working. The FAB Law Firm can help you to collect supporting medical evidence and statements from your doctors and healthcare providers as well as help prepare with you for your hearing.
If you would like to discuss your case with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney, please use the form below or call our office at 1-888-262-1618