Providing insight into the types of social security programs
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs each provide benefits for those unable to work due to an injury or illness. Our legal team has extensive experience helping individuals pursue and obtain the benefits they deserve.
Using our experience to help you understand your options
At the Burgess & Christensen, we understand the complex regulations and limitations governing these programs. We will evaluate your work history, education, medical condition and other facts to determine the best course of action.
Our representation begins with a discussion about the programs and how they apply to you:
- SSDI. This is known as Title II Social Security Disability Insurance. This program is for people who have a severe medical problem that will keep them from working for one year or more. Benefits are based on your earnings record and work history. You may be able to receive monthly benefits for yourself and your children. You could also be eligible to receive Medicare.
- SSI. This is known as Title XVI Supplemental Security Income. This program provides benefits for people who have severe medical problems that will keep them from working for one year or more, but who do not have a sufficient work history and/or who have not paid enough quarters into Social Security. In addition to meeting the medical criteria for disability, entitlement is also based on assets and household income. You may be able to receive monthly benefits for yourself and your children. You could also be eligible to receive Medicaid.
With 30 years of experience, our lawyers understand how to present the medical evidence effectively to an administrative judge. Qualifying for either Social Security program requires extensive medical evidence outlining and proving your disability. We work closely with doctors and other medical professionals to ensure that your medical records clearly and accurately detail your disabling condition. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and obtain the benefits you deserve.
Ssdi and ssi claims
We provide comprehensive SSDI and SSI representation. Our lawyers leverage their extensive experience when handling SSDI and SSI claims. The process for each program is essentially identical; however, we tailor our representation to ensure every step of the process runs as smoothly as possible and achieves optimum results.
The initial application. The process of filing your initial application is fairly simple, however, it is important to include appropriate documentation. We can help you with the application to increase your chances of receiving the benefits to which you are entitled. Please note it can take up to eight or nine months to get your results back, but benefits can be paid retroactively. Recently, the Social Security Administration has identified a number of conditions under Compassionate Allowances that will immediately entitle you to an approved application. We will review your claim to see if your conditions meet these guidelines.
Reconsideration. If your claim is denied at the initial application, we can help you file a request for reconsideration. This stage of the process can also take eight or nine months, but only rarely results in a fully favorable decision. Further appeals may be necessary.
Administrative hearing. If your claim is denied at the reconsideration level, we can represent you at a hearing before the administrative law judge. Statistics have shown that an applicant’s chances of success at this hearing are significantly improved with qualified legal representation. More cases are approved at the hearing level than at any other. It is your best opportunity to present your case in person to the judge who is the decision-maker.
Free evaluation of your case
When you are unable to work, you still need to support yourself and your family. Call us at 833-575-2798 or contact us online. We do not charge any fees until the disability claim is approved and our fees are authorized.
Our office is located near the historic Marietta Square, with office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.