What are Your Rights to Receive Social Security Disability in Florida?
Becoming disabled is frightening. You may not know how you will continue to provide for your family or how you will pay your bills. Fortunately, the government has two disability programs that provide financial support to disabled workers and disabled individuals in the United States. Below is important information you need to know about Social Security disability in Florida.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Florida
SSDI is one form of Social Security disability in Florida. SSDI is for disabled workers and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will always check first to see if you qualify for SSDI before checking the other disability benefits program.
In order to qualify for SSDI, you must be disabled and you must have earned the required number of work credits. For most people, they must have earned a total of 40 work credits to be eligible for SSDI. Twenty of those work credits must have been earned in the 10 years immediately prior to the date of the disability. For younger workers, the number of work credits is calculated on a sliding scale based on the age of the person at the time he or she becomes disabled. The SSA uses a 5-step process to determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Florida
The second form of Social Security disability in Florida is SSI. SSI is a needs-based program that does not require the disabled person to have worked at all during his or her lifetime. To be eligible for SSI, you must be disabled and meet financial and other requirements.
What Does Disabled Mean for SSDI and SSI Purposes?
SSA has its own definition of disability that is used when determining if you are eligible for Social Security disability in Florida. In order to be considered disabled by SSA’s standards, you must have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from working (substantial gainful activity). The condition must have lasted at least one year, is expected to last at least one year or will result in your death.
The SSA maintains a Listing of Impairments (the Blue Book) that provides information on various illnesses, diseases, and conditions that are thought to be disabling depending on the severity of the condition. Because it can be difficult to prove to the SSA that your condition rises to the level of a disability, you may want to consider contacting an attorney who has experience representing individuals who are applying for Social Security disability in Florida.
Do You Need a Florida Social Security Disability Attorney?
If you are applying for Social Security disability in Florida, contact our SS disability attorneys for a free consultation. The Social Security attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. have extensive experience filing disability claims for individuals throughout Florida. Our attorneys also have substantial experienced appealing denials of Social Security disability in Florida.
Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.