Social security disability insurance (SSDI) are financial benefits provided by the US government to those who are unable to work full or part-time due to disability. Those who qualify for SSDI benefits are required to have worked and contributed to the social security program before applying for benefits.
Supplemental security income (SSI) benefits may also be related to various disabilities and are awarded to applicants based on level of income. Those who have not contributed to the social security program through past work are still eligible to apply for SSI benefits. It is possible in some cases to receive both SSDI and SSI benefits though these circumstances are rare.
Disabilities that are covered by SSDI and/or SSI benefits include the disabilities listed on this page found on the ssa.gov website. These disabilities are categorized for adults but are very similar to those disabilities listed for children and teenagers 18 and below.
Covered disabilities include:
- Respiratory illnesses (asthma, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
- Musculoskeletal problems (back conditions and joint/bone conditions)
- Sensory disorders (vision and/or hearing loss)
- Issues with the digestive system (inflammatory bowel disease, etc.)
- Blood disorders
- Mental disorders (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism or intellectual disability)
- Immune system disorders (HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
What to Do if Your Disability is Not Listed
If you have a specific disability that is not listed on the ssa.gov website then consider speaking with an experienced social security attorney regarding the matter. You should be able to discuss your potential social security application and claim with an attorney for FREE. S/he should be able to tell you whether or not your disability and related claim would be awarded with benefits.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability
In theory applying for social security disability benefits is simple. You can start by applying online on the www.ssa.gov website. However it is important to remember that the application is lengthy and may include queries that aren’t easy to understand at first glance. Applicants should be patient and ready to research unfamiliar terms. Most initial applications are also rejected as a matter of course. Sometimes the rejection is due to medical information not being filled out correctly but sometimes the application is rejected with no explantion! To understand your specific claim and application consider seeking the advice of an attorney with expertise in the area of social security. The attorney should offer you a FREE consultation and should not charge you unless you win benefits with his/her assistance!
Bell Law Social Security Advocates (Portland, Eugene, and Salem, Oregon)
Bell Law attorneys specialize in winning social security benefits for their clients. With offices in Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Bell Law has helped many deserving clients win SSDI and SSI benefits benefits in the state of Oregon.
Bell Law attorneys not only identify whether or not you have a good case for earning social security benefits but can also ensure that you are receiving all benefits for which you are eligible. With Bell Law attorneys you may win more benefits than you thought possible and you won’t pay a dime until your benefits have been rewarded.