Newport Disability Lawyer
ROB LEVINE, NEWPORT DISABILITY LAWYER
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Many people think that Social Security is only for old people who reach retirement age. However, Social Security also pays disability benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.
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First, let’s discuss Social Security Disability Income, also known as SSDI. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must first have worked in jobs in which a portion of your income was being paid to Social Security. In addition to the Social Security income contribution requirements, you must also have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. Social Security defines disability as the total inability to engage in work activity by reason of any medically determinable impairment (physical or mental) which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous 12 months or more. When you are approved, you will receive monthly cash benefits along with Medicare if you are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability, or if your condition is likely to result in death.
If you are disabled and have not paid enough into Social Security to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, then a claim for Supplemental Security Income might be appropriate for you. This program is available to people who have limited income and limited resources. In other words, it’s a need-based program for people with virtually no money coming into the household and no assets.
Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis or you reach retirement age.
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- If you have a listed illness or disease that is the same as listed in the schedule of diseases listed on the SSA website, you may automatically qualify for benefits.
- If your disability has the same signs and symptoms as a disease listed on the schedule under the CAL Initiative, then you may qualify for benefits as well.