Here at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we take pride in the fact that our staff is comprised of accomplished attorneys who are fully committed to working with issues that are related to Medicaid and social security law. We use this background and know-how to offer SSD/SSI claims filing that supports our clients’ compensatory needs for mental health and physical health impairments and illnesses.
Because we assist SSD/SSI applicants in filing their claims, our staff of legal specialists are well-versed in social security law and its varying stipulations. One of the basic mandates established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) is the definition of a disability itself.
According to the SSA definition, “disability” is considered to be an “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity” resulting from a mental or physical impairment. This impairment is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months and/or eventually result in death.
Therefore, when we assist SSD/SSI applicants with their claims, we make sure that this definition is understood before any claim information is reviewed or submitted. That is because the medical definition of a disability, with respect to claims processing, is the same for each program. Whether you are submitting a claim for social security disability or supplemental security income benefits, both types of compensation are considered to be a disability insurance benefit (DIB).
The Main Differences between SSDI and SSI
While both SSDI and SSI claims are based on need, SSDI benefits are provided to individuals who have been working at least five of ten years who have become disabled. On the other hand, SSI benefits are designed for applicants who have not been working in this capacity, do not have work background or make a minimal income.
Therefore, the main difference between the SSD and SSI programs lies in the computation of the payments. The SSA always uses the same criteria in order to award compensation, whether an individual is SSD or SSI eligible.
The SSA and legal advisors both encourage that applicants for SSD/SSI benefits file a claim immediately. As soon as you become disabled and are not able to work, you should file a claim so all the information is clear and, therefore, easier to submit for consideration. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to fill out the details for a claim that is under review.
Here, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we want to make it convenient and simple for you to make a claim and proceed with the process. We will assist you in every step of the process and will be your continued ally should your claim be denied and you need to file an appeal or must attend a hearing.