Experienced Oklahoma Attorneys Explain Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits
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People who have a disability that prevents them from earning a substantial income do have rights. Workers with poor finances can file for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). People with a history of working can file for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The Social Security Administration handles both types of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims. Social Security denies many of the initial clients, but with the help of competent legal counsel, disabled workers can get approved for governmental benefits.
At Stipe Law Firm, our Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorneys have been helping disabled workers for more than a combined 60 years. Our legal team reviews all of the applicant’s financial records, which are used to determine eligibility. In SSI cases, we analyze all of a client’s income sources and assets and the exceptions that often apply. In SSDI cases, we get the right work credit records. In both types of claims, we work with your medical team to effectively argue that the applicant meets the Social Security disability requirements.
Understanding SSD eligibility
There are several tests for determining eligibility. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers handled both SSI and SSDI cases:
- SSI cases. In order to be eligible for SSI, you have to have limited income and assets. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers understand what income really means and what assets are considered. The applicant has to be disabled, 65 or older, or blind.
- SSDI cases. In order to qualify for SSDI, you have to have enough work credits, which are essentially the number of quarter years you have worked. The number of credits needed depends on your age. You must also show you have a disability, meaning you cannot perform substantial gainful activity for at least a year or that the disability is likely to result in death.
We understand the rules and regulations for both SSI and SSDI. We also coordinate these claims with any workers’ compensation or personal injury claims that you may also have.
What are the potential SSI benefits?
Supplemental Security Income is funded by the federal government. Standard SSI benefits include:
- Beneficiaries get a monthly income check. The typical amount for an individual is $733 a month, and $1,100 for a couple. Oklahoma may provide additional limited assistance.
- Eligible applicants are also eligible for Oklahoma Medicaid assistance.
There is no waiting period before benefits are paid. To learn more about SSI and the potential benefits, turn to our experienced attorneys today.
What are the potential SSDI benefits?
SSI is funded through payroll taxes. Basic SSDI benefits are:
- Beneficiaries get a monthly income check. The amount of the check is based on the number of work credits you have and how much you earned. The average amount is $1,165 a month. The maximum amount for 2016 is $2,663.
- After the second year of benefits, workers are automatically qualified for Medicare.
Payments usually stop when the worker reaches Social Security retirement age. The worker then gets Social Security retirement benefits based on their work history. There is a five-month waiting period before benefits are paid. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you learn more about SSDI and its benefits.
Call a trusted Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyer today for high-quality advice
The Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers at Stipe Law Firm are ready to help you in your time of need. We understand how upsetting and traumatic it can be to be without an income while coping with a disability. Our lawyers guide claimants through each phase of the claims process, including an initial denial of a claim. Please call 918-558-2255 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our main office is in McAlester, and we represent clients throughout Oklahoma.