It can be very difficult navigating the complicated social security disability process. First, to be eligible for benefits, one must have a disability that’s expected to last for several months or result in death. Some applicants must have worked some part of five of the last ten years before becoming disabled. Additionally, the applicant must prove they meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. SSA has a list of disabling criteria for every medical condition. Frequently, it is difficult to meet SSA’s definition of disability.
That is why many people need help with Social Security Disability in Wichita. Business Name offers free disability consultations. It is a fact that applicants who have attorneys have a better chance of getting their benefits. Applicants must use one of two programs administered by SSA, Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI.) Both programs have similar criteria for disability but different income parameters. People who apply for SSDI have worked and paid into the social security system. However, SSI applicants have limited work history and few assets. Further, individuals who apply for SSDI must have a certain number of work credits with SSA. How many credits one needs depends on their age and when they became disabled. Applicants who are approved receive checks that are based on the amount of money made while working. Average payments range from $800 to $1400 per month. Applicants are eligible for medicare after receiving benefits for 24 months.
Other applicants for Social Security Disability in Wichita apply through the SSI program. SSI is a joint effort between SSA and the state one lives in. Applicants must meet all of the following guidelines:
- must be blind, disabled or age 65 or over
- must be a U.S. citizen, or meet requirements based on U.S. permanent residency,
- military service or political asylee or refugee status
- monthly income must be low
- applicants must have less than $2,000 in assets, minus a home and car
If approved, applicants receive $721 per month or $1,082.00 for a couple. Hire an experienced attorney and they will fight to get you the benefits you need.