How to Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

Have you been involved in a serious accident that left you with a physical impairment or permanent disability? Are you unable to work as a result of contracting or being diagnosed with a severe medical condition? If you believe you have a disability that qualifies you to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, a Social Security disability lawyer from our firm stands ready to guide you through the application process. SSDI and SSI benefits are only available to those individuals who have become totally disabled.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual is disabled if that individual:

  • Is unable to continue doing the work he or she was able to do before,
  • Is incapable of adjusting to other work as a result of his or her medical condition, and
  • Has a disability that is permanent, has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year, or has been determined to result in death.

Individuals with partial or short-term disabilities are not eligible to receive SSDI benefits. Even if you do not qualify for SSDI benefits, you may be able to apply for SSI benefits. SSI benefits are available to individuals age 65 or older, people who are blind or those who have become disabled.

If you are interested in applying for SSI benefits, these are the additional eligibility requirements you will be required to meet:

  • You must have a limited income,
  • Have little to no other resources available to you,
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualifying resident alien and more.

Our lawyers have more than 50 years experience helping people recover the SSDI and SSI benefits they rightfully deserve. We are well versed on the eligibility requirements necessary to apply for these types of benefits and understand the evaluation process used to approve or disapprove benefits. If you are interested in pursuing SSDI or SSI benefits, our lawyers can help you navigate the application process. We can also provide representation in cases where a benefit application has been denied.

Hiring an experienced lawyer from Harris & Riviere, Attorneys at Law will dramatically improve your chances of receiving the benefits you seek. We offer a free consultation where you will be able to sit down with a lawyer to discuss your situation, review your legal options and determine how to proceed. There is no risk of retaining our services. If we are unable to recover SSDI or SSI benefits on your behalf, you will not be required to pay.

Call our law firm and speak with a Social Security Disability lawyer today.