When a person requires Social Security Disability benefits, it often is a time of great personal stress because there has been some type of injury, illness, or other disability. What makes the situation worse is having to deal with the federal government in order to obtain the benefits to which a person is entitled. However, when an injury or other disability has made it impossible to work, it is imperative that a person receive the benefits that he or she needs to pay bills.
There are two different types of benefits that a person may be entitled to receive, which are:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – This is a federal insurance program that is funded through payroll taxes. It provides benefits to individuals who are unable to work as the result of a disability. Although the disability usually is physical, it can be mental under certain circumstances.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – This benefit is awarded to individuals who are disabled (or over the age of 65 years) based on income level and is funded by United States Treasury general funds.
The bureaucracy that exists at the Social Security Administration means that a majority of first-time claims are denied. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney will work with an applicant to ensure that the initial application is as complete as possible in order to maximize the chances of approval and award of the benefits. If there is a denial of the initial claim, that does not mean the situation is hopeless. It is important to appeal the denial in order to obtain benefits that are owed to a person. It is common for benefits to be awarded after an appeal.
Many people are not sure whether or not they are entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Although the application process is complex, the inquiry about whether or not a person should pursue these benefits is very simple. If an individual can answer “yes” to the question of whether they have suffered from an injury or other disability that prevents him from working and has lasted for more than one year, or is likely to persist for more than one year, then it is important to pursue benefits.
Kansas Social Security Disability Attorneys Work to Get Our Clients Benefits
A person who has a disability that prevents him or her from earning a living may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Defense Attorneys at Mason & Clark Law have the skill and experience to get the right resolution for their clients when individuals are suffering from long-term disabilities. To schedule a free consultation and learn about how our attorneys can help you, call our office at (620) 224-2200.