Accomplished Social Security Attorney Serving Texarkana Residents
Social Security benefit programs exist to help low-income or disabled people who cannot work support themselves. They are funded and run by the U.S. federal government, which means there are very cut and dried rules for qualification and distribution. Graham Law Firm can help you apply for benefits, appeal rejections, and prove eligibility. Specifically, we help Texarkana residents with legal matters pertaining to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and survivor’s benefits.
Claiming Social Security Benefits
A key component of claiming benefits is proving that you do, in fact, have a physical or mental condition preventing you from sustaining “gainful activity” (i.e. employment) that will last at least one year or will eventually lead to your death. To make matters more confusing, the determination of whether you are disabled leaves a lot of room for debate. Just because your doctor may have advised you not to work, or you feel too sick/unwell to satisfy the requirements of your job, does not necessarily mean that the Social Security Administration will agree that you are disabled.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is intended for people who become disabled before they reach retirement age. It is also sometimes referred to as “worker’s disability.” If you or a loved one loses their ability to work before reaching the national retirement age (65 or 67 depending on when you were born), you may be eligible for SSDI. Our firm can help you understand the law and submit an application. We can also assist you with your burden of proof required with your application. Call us today for help!
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is similar to SSDI, but differs slightly. SSI is intended to be an additional supplement for people who cannot work, including people who are low-income retirees, blind, or permanently disabled. It is a strictly needs-based program, meaning there are strict limitations on who can apply and how much support they can receive. Graham Law Firm can help you determine if you qualify and assist you in applying.
Widow’s & Survivor’s Benefits
The Social Security Administration also provides benefits to some widows and survivors. “Survivors” typically refers to children or other family members who cannot work full-time. Widows may be eligible for benefits once they reach retirement age, or earlier if they are disabled or somehow unable to work. There are many eligibility requirements and caveats, which is why we encourage working with an experienced Social Security attorney when applying for benefits or appealing a rejection.
Get the Help You Deserve Today
Attorney David C. Graham has the experience required to help you and your family navigate the legal complexities of SSDI, SSI, and widow/widower/survivor benefits. If you have any questions regarding application requirements, distribution procedures and/or how much you can expect to receive from the SSA, contact David C. Graham today.