Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
There are two main types of Social Security disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In order to receive benefits under either of them you must be considered completely disabled and that disability must be long-term. It is possible under some circumstances to qualify for both SSDI and SSI. SSDI is based upon the taxes you have paid while working. There are different rules and regulations that apply to each program.
Generally, whether or not you qualify for SSDI benefits depends on your disability and work credits. SSI, on the other hand, is the public assistance program available to those who meet the disability criteria as well as income and resource limitations. Both programs require you to be unable to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) as outlined by your doctors’ opinions. If you are denied initially and at the reconsideration level, you can appeal to SSA for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Based on your medical and vocational evidence, we prepare the best case possible for you to win your claim for benefits.
Once eligible for disability benefits, claimants may also be entitled to medical benefits. Those who receive SSDI may be eligible for Medicare and those receiving SSI may receive Medicaid. Medicare is generally funded by the federal government while Medicaid is funded by both the federal and state dollars.
These programs can cover your healthcare needs going forward including care for:
- Rehabilitation services
- Nursing home care
- In-home health care
- Hospice care
- Therapy services
- Diagnostic testing and
- Hospital visits
Invictus Legal Services will assist you in determining which of these programs apply to your situation. In some cases, you may be eligible for both.
It is crucial that those seeking Social Security Disability or SSI benefits adhere to deadlines. Claimants who were denied benefits must generally seek reconsideration within the 60 day period, If denied at the reconsideration level, claimants generally have 60 days to preserve their right to a hearing before an administrative law judge.
If you have compelling medical evidence, it may be possible to request “an on the record” (OTR) decision. We can ask the judge to decide your case in our favor without the need for a hearing.
Invictus Legal Services has a history of successfully assisting disabled persons in receiving Social Security benefits from the initial denial through federal court. With nearly 30 years of experience, George Andre Fields is a Washington State Social Security disability attorney who has the knowledge and skill necessary to provide his clients with the guidance they need in navigating through the social security benefits process.
As a sole practitioner, George is able to personally focus on the needs of each of his clients. He and his staff recognize how frustrating and lengthy the process of filing for Social Security benefits can be and are committed to keeping clients informed of the status of their claim.
We highly encourage applicants to speak with a Washington State Social Security disability attorney before beginning the application process. We can help you understand the complex process ahead, and assist in gathering the documents needed to submit a claim.
Let Us Work With You to Complete All Those Forms Required to Start or Appeal Your Case for Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration can overwhelm you with paperwork. If you have a physical and/or mental impairment, it may not be possible for you to complete the many forms regarding your health, education and work experience. Invictus Legal Services will help you overcome this challenge by working with you every step of the way and filing your case electronically when possible.
Speak With George Andre Fields Our Washington State Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are a disabled resident in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett area or in other parts of the State of Washington and want to know more about what you need to do to receive the Social Security benefits to which you are entitled, or if you have already applied for benefits and been denied, contact Invictus Legal Services.
Located in Seattle, Washington, and we offer our services throughout the Puget Sound region and the State of Washington. We also offer in-home or off-site visits. Contact us online or call us at 800-567-1556 to schedule your appointment. Let a Washington State Social Security disability attorney put his experience and knowledge to work for you.