Coping with the physical, emotional, and financial challenges presented by disabilities that prevent you from working is hard enough. The last thing you need is the stress and frustration of the complex and confusing process to receive Social Security disability benefits.
A San Francisco disability benefits lawyer at Sackett and Associates relieves you of the burden by handling everything for you. From filing an initial application for benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs, we handle it all to give you the best chance of obtaining the benefits that you need and deserve.
SSI and SSDI benefit claims
Over 40 years in business, Sackett and Associates has achieved a proven record of successfully helping people get disability benefits through two Social Security disability programs:
Social Security Disability Insurance: You must have a work history of earning income at jobs or through self-employment on which you paid Social Security taxes. If you worked long enough, you are eligible for retirement benefits at full retirement age and SSDI benefits if you become disabled. Meeting the non-medical requirements for the SSDI program is only the first step in the process. You must also be disabled according to the definition used by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Supplemental Security Income: The SSI program does not require a work history to qualify for benefits, but it has strict income and resource limits that you cannot exceed. For example, resources, which can be converted to cash to pay or exchange for food and shelter, cannot be worth more than $2,000 for an individual. If you meet the non-medical criteria for eligibility, you also must be disabled as defined by the SSA.
You are disabled, according to the SSA definition of the term, if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or impairments that make you unable to engage in substantial gainful activity for a continuous period lasting or expected to last for one year or result in death.
Our San Francisco SSDI lawyer helping you with an application for disability benefits knows the information that must be included to satisfy medical and non-medical requirements for both programs. To avoid unnecessary delays as examiners at Disability Determination Services requests medical records from your doctors, our San Francisco SSI lawyer works with your medical providers to provide the records with the application.
Appealing a denial of benefits
An initial determination denying your application for disability benefits can be frustrating, but it can be challenged through the appeal process with the help of a San Francisco disability benefits lawyer. You need to act quickly though because an appeal must be submitted within 60 days.
Contact Sackett and Associates
You have too much at stake not to trust the handling of your claim for disability benefits with an experienced San Francisco SSD lawyer at Sackett and Associates. Contact us today to learn more about what we do to make a difference in the outcome of your SSI and SSDI claim for benefits.