Social Security applicants are granted or denied payments according to several criteria. These criteria include work or military history, medical condition, education and age. Unfortunately, many first-time Social Security applicants are denied. Many are also denied again once they appeal the decision, forcing them to go to a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) in order to obtain disability benefits.
Types of Social Security Benefits
There are two main types of Social Security benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both of these programs are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays disability benefits to you and your family if you worked recently enough, long enough and paid into the Social Security program.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are granted based on your financial necessity and don’t depend on your work history.
Applying for Social Security
If you haven’t applied for SSDI yet, you can do so online at the Social Security website. If you need to apply for SSI benefits, you must do so either in person or over the phone. The Social Security Administration’s website does include instructions for applying for both SSDI and SSI, and features videos and other information to help you fill out your application for Social Security benefits. If you would like assistance with your claim, our attorneys can help.
O’Connor, Acciani & Levy helps claimants to apply for Social Security, and those who have applied but have been denied benefits. Our Social Security lawyers help applicants establish their claim and offer our legal support if any challenges arise along the way.
Why Seek the Help of a Social Security Lawyer?
The Social Security application process is long and complicated. It can take up to 3 years to convince the Social Security Administration that you’re entitled to disability benefits, since many claimants must have their cases heard by an administrative law judge. Incomplete or incorrect applications and missing medical records stall the process even further.
Those who have been injured or become ill often lose their sources of income, making an award of Social Security benefits absolutely essential. These applicants cannot wait long to receive benefits. Applicants who need help with the application and qualification process or have been denied Social Security should seek the aid of an attorney, since an experienced Social Security attorney can greatly increase the chances that Social Security benefits are awarded in a more timely manner, compared to those who do not have help presenting their claims to the Social Security Administration.
A Social Security attorney can help an applicant’s chances in several ways:
- An attorney can help make the application process faster and more efficient.
- Attorneys properly develop the case to reduce mistakes and delays.
- An attorney’s familiarity with the SSI/SSDI system allows them to aggressively pursue benefits for their clients.
The Social Security lawyers at the law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA want to help you with your Social Security case. Our attorneys will ensure that your case is well prepared and ready for evaluation by the time of the hearing.
O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is here to answer your questions about Social Security. Our attorneys make sure you understand the entire process of applying for Social Security benefits. For an immediate free evaluation of your Social Security benefit case, or for information about our comprehensive Social Security services, please contact us today at 877-288-3241.