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Deeper Awareness on Disability Benefits

Once you have proven that you are disabled under the definition provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may be entitled to receive disability benefits. Disabled people are given financial aid through Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI).

Many people may have problems in understanding the legal processes that surround disability benefits. Here are some FAQs that may help give you a better understanding of it:

Q: How can I apply for disability benefits?

A: If you are 18 years old and above, you can apply for disability benefits by following these steps:

  1. Study the Adult Disability Starter Kit. This will answer usual questions concerning the application for benefits. It also includes a worksheet that you may use in collecting the information needed.
  2. Complete the application for Social Security Benefits found online.
  3. Fill out the Adult Disability Report which may also be found on the internet. At the last part of this report, you will be asked to sign a form that permits your doctor to send information regarding your disability to Social Security. This information is needed before Social Security can decide whether to approve or deny your claim.

If you are younger than 18 years old, you can apply by following these steps:

  1. Study the Child Disability Starter Kit. This will answer your questions regarding applying SSI benefits for children. Like in the Adult Starter Kit, this one also contains a worksheet that you may use when gathering necessary information.
  2. Get in touch with Social Security immediately to know if the resources and income of you and your parents are within the acceptable limits. By doing this, you can also start the application process for SSI.
  3. Fill up the Child Disability Report found online. Just like the process followed when an adult applies, you will also be asked to sign a form that will permit your doctor to provide Social Security the information regarding your disability.

Q: If my application for SSD or SSI was granted, how much will be given to me?

A: The benefits you will receive will be measured by the amount of money you earned when you were still working.

Q: How long should I wait before applying for SSD or SSI?

A: If the disability you have is anticipated to last for at least one year, you should apply for disability benefits right away.

Q: What should I do to have a high chance of having a successful SSD of SSI claim?

A: Statistics show that claimants who acquire the help of an attorney who will represent them have a higher chance of receiving disability benefits than those who are not assisted by legal counsel.

Seeking the help of an attorney will also lessen your burden because he or she will handle all the aspects of your case in a professional manner

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