Being inflicted with a disability is the result of a force beyond our control. No matter how perfectly you may have planned for the future, suddenly you are incapable of working and bringing home the funds necessary to support you and your family. However, your loved ones still depend on you to provide financial support. Luckily, you have options available.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for either Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, or Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. At James R. Omer & Associates PLLC, we handle cases of both nature within the Nashville, Tennessee area and will fight for your right to access the benefits you deserve.
Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, is designated for people who have worked and paid social security taxes in the past, but are no longer able to maintain employment due to a mental or physical disability.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a means for disabled individuals to maintain income regardless of whether or not they have been employed in the past. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance, SSI is only available to candidates that meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Over the age of 65
- Legally blind
- Coping with a disability that significantly hampers their ability to maintain employment
Also unlike Social Security Disability Insurance, SSI eligibility does not include previous work experience, which allows minors to apply.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The application process for social security disability benefits is difficult to navigate and prolonged. Many candidates are turned down at least twice, even with a qualified attorney at their side.
Before you can receive social security disability benefits, an Administrative Law Judge will hear your claim. Without an attorney to guide you through this and developing your case for the hearing, the likelihood of your case proceeding significantly decreases. The benefits of an experienced social security disability attorney include:
- Proper advocation for your case
- Preparing the case for the hearing
- Collecting necessary records
- Comprehending social security disability rules and regulations
- Receiving an early “date of onset,” or the date when your disability payments commence
Learn more by reading our Social Security Disability Questions.
The Nashville, Tennessee social security disability attorneys at James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC, understand the process and the maze of rules and regulations surrounding social security disability benefits. Without legal help, you risk undergoing upwards of three years without disability benefits. Please contact James R. Omer & Associates PLLC today to schedule your consultation and begin the process of receiving the benefits you are entitled to.