Richlands, VA Social Security Disability Attorney
Submitting SSDI & SSI Claims throughout Southwest Virginia
Any worker who has paid into Social Security and meets the other qualifications of the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) is entitled to benefits if they become disabled and unable to work. Low-income individuals who have never worked or who have not yet met the credit requirements for SSD may be entitled to benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI).
If you believe you may be eligible for financial benefits through one of these government programs, we encourage you to discuss your claim with our Social Security Disability attorney in Richlands. At T Shea Cook PC, we help people throughout Southwest Virginia get the benefits they deserve.
The Differences Between SSDI & SSI
Supplemental Security Income is a need-based program that provides financial support to low-income individuals with limited income and assets. The program is funded by general fund taxes, not by the Social Security trust fund. As such, you can receive SSI benefits even if you have never worked.
The amount of benefits you receive depends on:
- Where you live
- Your monthly income
Social Security Disability Insurance offers benefits to disabled individuals who have worked a certain number of years and made contributions to the Social Security trust fund. This is the key difference between SSDI and SSI.
To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must:
- Be under the age of 65
- Be over the age of 18
- Meet the work credits requirement
- Have a qualifying disability, as defined by Social Security
Why Retain T Shea Cook PC?
Having an attorney on your side when applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can significantly improve your chances of approval. Working with an attorney ensures that your paperwork is completed correctly and submitted properly. At T Shea Cook PC, we can help craft an application with a high chance of approval.
If you have been denied, don’t panic – many applications are denied on the first application, even with legal counsel. Our Social Security Disability attorney in Richlands can help you appeal the decision and fight for the benefits you deserve.
If you believe you may qualify for disability benefits, call us at (276) 240-3550 today.