Most people have a general idea of what Social Security is and what it’s for. From the time they get their first job, they know they must pay into the program, which is supposed to provide them with money when they retire.
But Social Security benefits aren’t just about retirement. If you can’t work due to a mental or physical condition, you could qualify for benefits to help you make ends meet until you are well enough to work again.
Social Security disability benefits are supposed to be there when you need them. You pay into the program when you work. If you become too disabled to work, you have a right to claim these vital benefits for yourself and your dependents.
Too often, however, workers are unfairly denied Social Security disability benefits. Many times, they become frustrated and discouraged by the appeal process and give up on their case. At Schibell & Mennie, our New Jersey social security disability lawyers work hard to make sure our clients receive the benefits they and their families so desperately need.
Living with a disability can be a very isolating experience. If you suffer with a disability, it’s important to know you are definitely not alone.
According to the Social Security Administration, 56 million people in the United States live with some kind of disability. In fact, the average 20-year-old worker has a one in four chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.
Social security disability benefits fall under two types of programs and are available to workers whose severe physical or mental disability prevents them from working.
To qualify for benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance, you must satisfy two requirements: meet the definition of “disabled” under Social Security guidelines, and have enough work credits with Social Security. The required number of work credits varies by on a worker’s age and date of disability.
The Supplemental Security Income program is available to adults and children with disabilities and limited financial resources. In some cases, individuals who don’t have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI can still obtain benefits under the SSI program.
Social Security disability is a highly specialized area of law. To get the best results in your case, it’s important to work with an experienced Social Security lawyer. If your application for benefits has been denied, please call us to discuss your case.
If you need to consult a New Jersey attorney, you need to contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC. The initial consultation is always free.