Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration offers two different programs for disabled individuals: RSDI (Retirement Survivors and Death Insurance, also known as simply SSD) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). While these two programs have the same disability status requirement, each one has additional and different conditions.
In order to qualify for RSDI/SSD benefits, aside from being physically and/or mentally disabled, the claimant must also have enough credits earned through his/her employment, and such credits must have been earned recently enough as required by their rules.
To qualify for SSI, the claimant must be physically and/or mentally disabled, but must also not have excessive income and/or resources. If the claimant is married, the income and/or resources of the spouse also count against the claimant.
It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration to deny claimants at any of the administrative process' steps. If you are thinking of applying, or have already been denied at the initial or reconsideration levels, do not hesitate to contact us for a free initial consultation with the attorney.