Social Security Disability
Social Security administers two programs for people who have become disabled:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed for people who have worked and paid taxes into the Social Security system for years prior to becoming disabled. If an individual is judged disabled, the individual will receive SSDI benefits regardless of the individual's assets or family income.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a "needs-based" program designed to pay benefits to disabled people who need help with basic living costs, even if they haven't worked or paid taxes into the Social Security system. To qualify for SSI payments, a claimant cannot have family assets or income over a certain limit.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be challenging given how long it takes to file a claim and the high probability the initial application will be denied. An attorney experienced in these areas can help you navigate the entire process from initial application through an appeal should your initial claim be rejected.
The Law Office of Norman J. Ullom-Morse is dedicated to helping disabled people obtain the Social Security Disability benefits so that they can live with dignity. We know the rules and procedures of the Social Security Administration and how to get results for our clients. Our years of experience in accident and injury cases gives us the medical knowledge needed to work with doctors and properly evaluate complex, disabling conditions.
Our firm also understands the relationship between Social Security, workers' compensation and long-term disability plans. This is critical, because if you are receiving workers' compensation or certain types of short-term or long-term disability benefits, you may also be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits. It is important to coordinate benefits between these systems so as to avoid possible offsets or credits.
The Law Office of Norman J. Ullom-Morse can help you with your claim at all stages of the Social Security Disability process, including:
- Filing a new application
- Review and reconsideration of a denied initial application
- Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
- Appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council
- Appeal to the federal court
Our firm understands how the Social Security Administration calculates benefits. If your claim is approved, we will monitor your claim to make sure that you are paid correctly. Because we understand the problems that can arise when a person collects Social Security and workers' compensation benefits, we will guide you through these matters.
While helping you navigate the various stages of the SSD and SSI system, our firm will work hard to keep you fully informed and answer all your questions.
If you need help filing for Social Security Disability or appealing a denial of your claim, seek assistance from an experienced disability attorney right away. Contact us today so that we can become actively engaged in your claim as soon as possible.
The Law Office of Norman J. Ullom-Morse welcomes the opportunity to discuss your needs. Contact us to schedule your free, initial consultation. We will review your situation and answer all your questions.