Social Security is a federal program created to provide financial safety for seniors, individuals who are unable to work because of a disability and for impoverished individuals. Applying for Social Security benefits can be difficult and usually requires strict adherence to complicated rules governing both eligibility and application. The skilled and experienced Social Security attorney at the Cottrell Law Office have an established practice of assisting clients throughout Arkansas to navigate the tricky waters of Social Security in order to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
Social Security Benefits for the Disabled
Social Security Disability Income, known as SSDI, requires proof of a qualifying disability. The Social Security Act defines a disability as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has regulations that specify exactly which conditions, and how severe those conditions are, in order for someone to qualify as disabled. In addition to your medical condition, the government also considers your age, education and work experience in determining whether you can perform the work you were performing previously.
The Application Process for Social Security Disability Income
As an experienced SSDI attorney in Arkansas, The Cottrell Law Office is experienced in the qualifications and procedure of applying for SSDI in Arkansas and can help with filing your initial application for benefits. Completing the required forms can be complicated and confusing, but completing these forms properly goes a long way toward having your application approved the first time.
You must prove that you are disabled in your application and the Social Security Administration makes a decision based only on the information you provide in that application. The Arkansas social security disability attorney at the Cottrell Law Office know the type of information that is required for a successful application, as well as which information may be irrelevant or detrimental to your application.
Social Security Benefits for the Impoverished
Benefits are also available for individuals who are blind, disabled or seniors and have very limited financial resources. This benefit is known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unlike Social Security Disability Income, qualifying for SSI includes a financial component to the qualification process.
In order to qualify for SSI in Arkansas, you must have very little income and very few assets. Certain types of assets are exempt and will not be considered during the SSI eligibility process. Understanding these qualification rules will be much easier with the assistance of a knowledgeable social security attorney.
If you think you may qualify for SSDI and/or SSI, you need a social security attorney who understands the Social Security system, and how to submit an application that will be approved, or will work hard to obtain the benefits you deserve on appeal. To discuss your Social Security benefits case, contact our Arkansas Social Security disability attorney at the Cottrell Law Office.
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