Thanks for stopping by the Social Security Corner. I’m Eric Brown, a Social Security Lawyer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I’m here to help make the Social Security process understandable, easier, and as fast as possible. I hope you browse around and get all the answers you need. If you have additional questions or wonder if you qualify for Social Security Benefits, contact me or fill out our free evaluation form and I will get back with you to discuss your specific situation.
Do I Qualify for Disability?
Not sure where to begin? Let’s start by defining SSDI and SSI. You will fall under either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI? Very simply, SSDI benefits are insurance benefits through paying FICA taxes. SSDI is the higher rate of pay out of the two programs. SSI, on the other hand, is a type of welfare benefit for someone who has not paid FICA taxes. SSI is the lower rate of pay of the two programs.
Every person is different and every situation is unique. Take our free disability evaluation here.
What Can I Expect from the Application Process?
If you are ready to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you can do so by submitting an application to the Social Security Administration (SSA) by clicking here, over the phone, or in person at your local Social Security Administration office. Take a look at SSA office locations here.
Once you have filled out the application and submitted all required documentation, you should receive an approval or denial letter within three to six months. If you would like to check your application status, click here.
Don’t be alarmed – most initial applications are denied, but you can go through the appeals process for a second review.
I Have Been Denied. Do I Still Have a Chance?
Yes, you do! Next step? The Appeals Process. A denial means that the lower level decision makers feel that there is not enough evidence on the record to award benefits. If you are truly unable to work, it may simply be a matter of gathering more records or having your treating physician fill out one of our forms that may make your claim more clear. Even then, it may mean that we have to plead your case before an Administrative Law Judge. Don’t worry, most do.