Social Security: A Safety Net When You Cannot Work
Injuries sometimes lead to disability, but they are not the only cause of it. Illnesses and chronic conditions can be disabling, too. When you are no longer able to work as you once did because of one or more physical or mental disabilities, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Even if you have not worked before, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you meet certain criteria, such as low income. Both programs are administered by a federal agency known as Social Security (formerly the Social Security Administration or SSA).
If you have applied for SSDI or SSI, you may have received a notice of denial. Before you give up, consult with a Social Security lawyer. At McFarland Tinker Law, we help clients appeal denied claims. We often succeed at getting benefits for those who truly deserve them.
SSDI And SSI Eligibility In A Nutshell
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked and paid into the Social Security system for at least 10 years in most cases. Your disability or disabilities should be serious enough that you will be impaired for a year or longer. Qualifying disabilities may include one or more of the following:
- A musculoskeletal disorder
- The loss of your vision, hearing or ability to speak
- A respiratory disorder
- A cardiovascular system disorder
- A serious digestive disorder
- A neurological disorder
- A mental disorder
- An immune system disorder
To qualify for SSI payments, you must have income and assets below a certain amount and/or be blind or an older adult.
If You Qualify But Have Been Denied
Attorney Don McFarland has represented Salyersville and Paintsville area residents in SSDI and SSI cases for more than 20 years. He can represent you in administrative hearings or in district courts. He may bring in medical and/or occupational experts to back up your claim for benefits.
If you become a client of McFarland Tinker Law, we will draw on years of experience and in-depth knowledge regarding injuries, disabilities and legal pathways to relief for those who qualify. You will not owe attorney fees until we recover past-due benefits for you. The sooner you appeal your denied claim, the more you may be eligible for.