Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI):
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you have worked long enough and paid your Social Security taxes. As the name implies the benefit is something that you have earned.
Social Security uses a particular definition of disability. It pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
Attorney Stephen P. Maguire is a social security claims lawyer that can get you the disability benefits you deserve.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). Sometimes known as "The Safety Net”, it helps aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income and do not have enough recent work credits to qualify for SSDI. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Qualifying for Benefits
Do you have a work-preventing Disability?
Qualifying for Disability Benefits through the SSDI or SSI program requires proof of an inability to work FULL-TIME for ONE YEAR or more due to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of impairments. These impairments must be severe enough that they have prevented you (or are likely to prevent you) from performing work tasks on a regular full-time basis.
As a social security claims lawyer, we've helped thousands of people get the benefits they deserve. Some clients had Chronic Pain from a Back Injury or Neck Injury. We’ve also helped clients who had suffered Heart Attacks or Strokes. Some had Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Hepatitis, Kidney Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue.
Pain that is serious enough to limit your capacity to lift and carry, sit and stand, or to concentrate for extended periods of time, affects your ability to keep a regular full-time work schedule.
Your inability to work may have been a Work Injury or the result of an Auto Accident. The cause of the impairment does not matter, it is the impact on your ability to work that counts.
Some of our clients have no physical impairments, but live with one or more Mental Impairments: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD or an Anxiety or Panic Disorder. These clients often find it impossible to get out of the house on a regular basis. Some Mental Disorders prevent some people from getting along with their supervisors or co-workers. These people lose job after job due to arguments, fights, poor performance, or by being chronically late or absent.
Attorney Stephen P. Maguire is a social security claims lawyer licensed in RI, MA and CT.