Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security disability program has several different types of benefits available to qualified applicants. The most common type of benefit for disabled workers and their eligible family members is a cash benefit on a monthly basis. Disabled widows and widowers as well as disabled adult children may also be eligible for benefits such as Medicare benefits and vocational rehabilitation services. SSDI benefits may be received at the same time as other benefits, such as workers' compensation, long-term disability, short-term disability, retirement pension or union disability. Certain limitations apply, however, so it is important to get information that pertains to your specific case. Medicare coverage may also available to recipients of SSDI benefits after they have received Social Security disability benefits for two years.
Filing for Benefits - You can file for benefits online, over the phone, by visiting your local Social Security office or through the help of The Trial Professionals. In applying for social security disability benefits, you will need to provide detailed information about yourself and your disability, and you are encouraged to attach medical records and other evidence to prove you are disabled. Some of the documentation and information you will need to provide the SSA include:
How Are Benefits Calculated? - The SSA uses a four-step formula to calculate the monthly benefit amount that a disabled worker or eligible family member may receive. This formula takes into account the disabled worker’s earnings from the age of 21 to the first year of eligibility. The Trial Professionals can help explain this formula and help you determine what amount of benefits you may be entitled to receive.
Mental disorders can qualify an applicant for SSDI benefits if a psychological or mental disability impairs the applicant’s ability to work. Approximately 20% of Social Security disability awards in 2011 were for a diagnosed mental disorder such as mental retardation, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and schizophrenia.
The Ocala Social Security attorneys at Trial Professionals, PA, can help you with your claim from start to finish. We accept SSDI claims for clients across the state of Florida and have done so for many years. We will help you obtain and file all evidence necessary to successfully apply for SSDI benefits. Moreover, if your claim has already been denied, we will be happy to carefully assess the circumstances surrounding the denial and help with an appeal. Our Social Security Disability Department handles these cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that we only get paid if you do. Do not hesitate to get the professional help you need, contact one of our Ocala Social Security attorneys today for a free case evaluation.