Clients Have Numerous Questions Regarding Social Security Disability Benefits

While the Social Security process is different for every individual, there are some common elements and questions that our clients have. This is not a complete list, but we felt it might be helpful to have some of the most common questions listed on our website. To discuss your specific situation, we encourage you to contact our Nashville office today.

Do I need an attorney?

While having legal representation through the application process is not required, it is wise to have a lawyer on your side. An experienced attorney can help you complete the initial application, ensuring that you are cast in the most favorable light and that no deadlines are missed. Additionally, if your initial application is denied a knowledgeable lawyer can represent you through hearings and the various levels of appeal.

It can be a slow, frustrating process, but getting an attorney involved at the earliest stage can reduce your stress and hopefully keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI?

Social Security Disability (SSD) — often referred to as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) — and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two government programs that are managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Medical eligibility for both programs is determined in the same manner. Other than management and medical eligibility, the programs are completely different.

SSD is funded through payroll taxes. An individual is required to work a certain length of time at a qualifying organization to be eligible to receive SSD benefits. In short, if you have not paid enough into the program, you are not eligible to receive benefits.

SSI, conversely, has no such employment eligibility component. The program is strictly based on needs according to income and assets. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for either program, contact a lawyer.

Can I work while on disability?

In short, the answer is yes. However, it is crucial that you work with a skilled disability attorney to ensure you follow all of the SSA's rules. For the most part, you are able to work as long as your earnings do not exceed what the SSA calls substantial gainful activity.

Schedule A Consultation

If you have additional questions regarding your eligibility for Social Security benefits or the overall process, schedule a consultation at the law firm of William N. Benjamin, Jr. Attorney at Law. We can be reached by phone at 615-647-5759 or through email.