Your SSDI Questions Answered
At the Rome law firm of Davis, Davis & Patterson, we assist clients throughout North Georgia with disability claims. With more than 80 years of combined experience, our attorneys are very familiar with Social Security Disability law. Our clients often come to us with questions about SSDI and the process of getting accepted for benefits. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive:
- My claim was denied. Am I out of luck? Absolutely not. Most initial applications are denied, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Our law firm has helped thousands of clients throughout Georgia to appeal denied claims.
- Are SSDI and SSI the same thing? No. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) requires you to have paid in a certain amount to the Social Security system, through taxes deducted from your paychecks over the years. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), on the other hand, can provide benefits to qualifying, low-income individuals who have never paid in anything.
- Can I receive SSI benefits while I’m waiting for a decision on my SSDI case? No, you cannot. An SSI claim also requires a favorable decision on the issue of disability. You will not be eligible for any money from the Social Security Administration until your case is decided favorably.
- Do I need to have quadriplegia, brain damage or another obviously severe disability in order to qualify for benefits? You don’t have to have a well-known type of disability to qualify for benefits. If for any reason you aren’t capable of working 40 hours a week at any type of job, you may have a case. Back pain, depression and other issues can all keep a person from working, even if they don’t sound like extremely serious conditions.
Learn more about SSDI and discuss the specifics of your situation with an experienced attorney. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling the lawyers at Davis, Davis & Patterson at 706-622-4137. You can also send an email to our office.