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Why should I apply for benefits?
Entitlement to Social Security Disability allows you to receive monthly disability benefit checks for you and your family. In many cases, you will also receive a large lump sum payment for back benefits owed to you. With SSDI you become eligible for Medicare after 2 years of entitlement to disability benefits. With SSI you become eligible for Medicare along with entitlement to benefits.
Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be stressful and frustrating. We speak on your behalf and give the Social Security Administration the information it needs.
There are two major Social Security disability benefit programs. These are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Generally, SSI is for those with little or no work history and have few if any financial resources. SSDI is for those who meet Social Security's criteria for working quarters paid into the system. To apply and receive either of these benefit packages, you must meet the programs specific eligibility requirements, both financially and medically.
The determination of eligibility to receive disability benefits is a medical decision based on the severity of your condition. How your condition is presented to Social Security is critical to the decision. Even if you suffer from an extremely serious medical impairment, your case can still be denied if the case is not presented properly.
It takes a lot of work to put together a well-prepared claim for disability benefits. You certainly have the option to apply on your own. However, considering the high rate of disability claims that SSA denies at the initial and reconsideration levels, we recommend that you hire an expert. Helping Hand’s experience, knowledge and advocacy efforts have successfully helped our claimants win the disability benefits they are entitled to receive.