Applying for SSDI and SSI Benefits in Tampa
Details matter when applying for SSI and SSDI benefits. You will need to submit a complete and detailed record of your work history and all of your medical records. The Social Security claims examiner assigned to your case will carefully review your application to ensure that you are sufficiently disabled to qualify for benefits. The information in your application needs to show that you have a medical disability expected to last at least 12 months or result in your death.
Disabled Tampa Residents May Qualify for Social Security Benefits
One out of every five Florida residents receives Social Security benefits. If you are in Tampa and have a disability that prevents you from working, you too may be qualified for social security benefits. There are two types of Social Security benefits programs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each program has its own set of eligibility requirements.
If you’re interested in applying to one of the Social Security administration’s benefits programs, the best thing you can do is reach out to an experienced lawyer. At Disability Advocates Group, we have helped many clients obtain the Social Security benefits they deserve. Our professional legal team has an in-depth knowledge of all of the regulations related to Social Security benefits. We will review your case and help you apply for SSI or SSDI benefits.
The Tampa Social Security Administration offices frequently deny first time SSI and SSDI applications. Should your application be denied, we will help you appeal the denial promptly. When necessary, we will attend your Social Security hearing and present evidence that shows you are entitled to benefits. Our clients can rest assured that your application will be accurate, complete, and include all of the information needed to prove that you qualify for benefits.
The Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits
The SSDI and SSI benefits programs provide recipients with monthly cash benefits to help them pay their bills when they are no longer able to work. Applicants for both programs must prove that they are sufficiently disabled to qualify. While both of these programs have the same goal, the eligibility requirements are different. SSI benefits are income-restricted, meaning they are only available to applicants with limited income and assets. Applicants do not need to show that they’ve earned enough work credits to qualify for SSI benefits.
SSDI benefits are available to applicants who have earned enough work credits by paying into the social security system through paycheck deductions. Most adults over 30 will have needed to work at least five of the previous ten years to earn enough work credits to qualify. If you are unsure which type of benefit program to apply for, the Disability Advocates Group can help. We will review your case and help you apply for the appropriate benefit program.
Appealing the Denial of an SSDI or SSI Claim in Tampa
If you received a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that they’ve denied your claim, you need to file an appeal within 60 days. The letter you received should state why the Social Security Administration denied your claim. In many cases, the Social Security Administration denies claims due to errors, missing details, or a lack of information. In other cases, the claims examiner who reviewed your case may not have found enough evidence that your medical condition or disability prevents you from working.
The best thing you can do after receiving a social security benefits denial letter is to reach out to an experienced lawyer. You only have 60 days to appeal you are a claim denial or risk losing your ability to obtain benefits. The professional legal team at Disability Advocates Group can submit a request for reconsideration on your behalf. If the Social Security Administration denies your claim again, you can appeal your case to an administrative law judge.
At this stage in the process, you will need to attend a hearing in front of the judge. This hearing will not be as formal as typical court hearings, and your lawyer will present evidence on your behalf that demonstrates the difficulties presented by your medical condition or disability. The administrative law judge will ask you questions about how your disability affects you. The administrative law judge and your attorney will also ask questions of a vocational expert in the hearing.
Contact a Tampa Social Security Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one have a disability or medical condition that prevents you from working, you may be entitled to SSI or SSDI benefits. It’s worth taking the time to speak to an experienced Social Security lawyer at Disability Advocates Group to discuss your case. Our experienced legal team can help guide you through the application process and the appeals process, if necessary. Contact Disability Advocates Group today to schedule your initial consultation