If you are suffering from a disability that makes it impossible for you to hold a job, you may qualify for monthly benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and/or the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI). Unfortunately, statistics show that up to 70 percent of claims are denied after the initial application is submitted. For this reason, it's wise to seek counsel from a qualified Kansas City Social Security Disability Lawyer. At Maria Dugan Law, I help clients in the Kansas City area better understand the system and maximize their chances of approval.
The SSDI program is available to disabled individuals who paid social security taxes prior to becoming disabled. In order to qualify for benefits under this program, you must have paid social security taxes for at least a certain number of years. The exact number of years required depends on your age. You must also prove that your disability makes it impossible for you to work. Finally, you must prove that the disability is expected to last for at least 12 months or end in your death. You can qualify for SSDI regardless of your current income or the value of your owned assets.
Unlike SSDI, SSI is a needs-based program. You cannot qualify for SSI benefits unless your household income and the value of your assets fall below established limits. To qualify for benefits, you must also prove that you are disabled and that the disability will prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in your death.
The rate of denial on initial applications for SSDI and SSI is extremely high. However, even if you have already been denied, you may be able to qualify for benefits by appealing the Social Security Administration's decision. The appeals process typically involves a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, and your chances of approval will be greater if you have a skilled legal representative with you.
As your Kansas City Social Security Disability Lawyer, I will seek to represent your interests aggressively in court. I collect a fee only if you win your SSDI or SSI case, so you have nothing to lose. If you think you may qualify for SSDI or SSI, or if you have already received a denial letter, contact me today to discuss your case or schedule a consultation with my team. I'm proud to serve residents of Blue Springs, Independence, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Lee’s Summit, and surrounding areas. I look forward to working with you!