The Law Office of Matthew E. Rone represents claimants who have filed for Social Security Disability Income benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI). While many law offices will not meet with a disability client until the claim is denied by the Social Security Administration, we will meet with you as soon as you have filed your claim. We want to make sure that you are as well prepared as possible from the beginning of your case.
Making the decision to file for disability can be an emotional one. You have to face the fact that you are unable to work. You are worried about not only your health, but also your financial situation and the ability to care for your family. We can help lift the burden of navigating the process of pursuing your disability claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA). We will:
• Keep track of deadlines
• Gather medical records
• Communicate with the SSA
• Complete forms
• Appeal denials
What Qualifies Me for Disability?
• The Social Security Administration will pay benefits to people who have medical conditions that render them or are expected to render them unable to work for one year or longer or result in death.
What is the Difference Between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income?
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
SSDI is federal insurance based on the years you worked and the income you earned over time. It uses a credit system. You can earn up to four credits each year. To qualify for SSDI, you must have 28 credits, and you must have worked during five of the last ten years. Your benefit amount is calculated using a formula derived from your duration of work and your income earned during that duration.
For a snapshot of your SSDI benefit, you can refer to your annual statement from the IRS which shows your yearly earnings, projected retirement benefit and projected disability benefit as of the date of the statement.
For more information about SSDI click here.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a federal program that offers supplemental income to aged, blind or disabled people who have little or no income. If you are under 65, you must be determined to be disabled by the SSA and meet the financial requirements to receive a benefit. In general, to qualify for SSI, you must have a medical condition that renders you or is expected to render you unable to work for at least a year or result in death. You also must meet the financial requirement that limits an individual’s assets to $2,000 or less or a couple’s assets to $3,000 or less.
For more information on SSI, please click here.
How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?
There are two ways to apply for SSDI. You can apply online here or you can call 1-800-772-1213. You cannot apply for SSI online. You must call 1-800-772-1213.
We Can Help
Once you have completed your application for disability benefits, please call our office. We can make this difficult process a little easier and leave you free to concentrate on your health and your family.