Social Security Lawyer Memphis TN
History of the Social Security Administration (SSA)
The Social Security Administration Act of 1935 states “…by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws…”. The inception of the SSA was to provide for members of society who have difficulty providing for themselves.
Current Function of the SSA
To this day, the SSA prides itself on supporting the elderly, adults and children with disabilities, widows, and widowers. For many people, it can be quite humbling to ask for help. What many people do not realize is that you have already paid into it through social security taxes that are withheld from many paychecks. However, despite the good intention of the SSA in providing for those in need, the process that people are asked to go through to obtain assistance is rigorous, confusing and quite complicated. If you or a loved one has a disability and is in need of assistance, the following may provide some clarity. Contact a social security lawyer from Darrell Castle & Associates for more detailed information.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program
This program is typically in place for those who are between the ages of 18 and 65. The individual must have a disability that is approved by the SSA and is unable to work for at least 12 months as a result of the disability. In order to be approved for SSDI, the individual must submit an application that proves the existence of a condition or disability and that the condition or disability is severe enough to prevent him or her the opportunity for gainful employment.
The SSDI program is based on work history, therefore, the SSA has created a formula to determine how much the individual has accrued at the time of the disability claim. The process of applying for the SSDI program is not only complicated but there are many supporting documents that are required. In the event that you do not prove your disability is severe or any documents and reports are missing, your request will likely be denied.
It is estimated that almost 70% of all first-time applications are denied. In which case, you may request an appeal. It is recommended that you seek professional help and find a social security lawyer in Memphis TN who can assist you through the process of the application and/or appeal.
Can I work while receiving SSDI?
Some people in the SSDI program are able to work part-time. However, there are stipulations and criteria that must be followed in order to maintain your disability benefits. Always seek the advice of a Memphis TN social security lawyer or the SSA before pursuing work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program
This program is in place for those who are 65 years or older, blind individuals, and for children (birth up to 18 years old) diagnosed with a physical or mental condition that severely limits functional activities and is recognized as a disability by the SSA. The SSI program is in place for those who are considered low-income with limited resources. The SSI program has many caveats that affect eligibility and each case is unique.
In addition, there are state by state differences in how the payments are calculated. If you think you or your child qualify for the SSI program, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice and guidance of the SSA and/or an experienced social security lawyer.
Can I work while receiving SSI?
Similar to the SSDI program, the rules and regulations surrounding the SSI program are complicated and are determined on a case by case basis. It is best to consult a social security lawyer Memphis TN clients recommend or the SSA directly prior to accepting any employment.