Social Security Disability Form

The Ins & Outs of Social Security Disability

If you have a mental or physical disability, working is often not an option. Without the income generated from working, how do you support you and your family then? That’s where the Social Security Administration (SSA) comes in.

The SSA administers two programs that help with financial assistance for those with disabilities; Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs are in place to ensure that those who are disabled receive the financial assistance they need and deserve.

If you think you may qualify for social security disability, here are all the basics you need to know!

What is SSD and SSI?

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. To qualify for either program, you must have a disability and meet certain criteria.

Social Security Disability

This program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and have paid social security taxes. If your adult child has a disability that started before age 22, they may also qualify for benefits on your earnings record.

Supplemental Security Income

This program is designed to help those who need financial assistance due to aging, blindness, or other disabilities. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

You can read the 2019 Annual Report of the Supplemental Security Income Program here!


Find out what benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security

How Does the SSA Decide If You’re Disabled or Not?

The Social Security Administration has a fairly strict definition of disability which differs from other programs. According to the SSA, they consider you disabled if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Keep in mind that no benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability (under a year)

Have You Been Denied?

Many people who apply for these programs are denied their first time. Why? There could be a number of different reasons you weren’t accepted. Amongst other reasons, they could have deemed your disability as short-term, believed that you could do other work, or your disability could have not been included on their list of disabling conditions.

What to Do if You’ve Been Denied

If you are denied, give us a call immediately. If you are going to appeal, you must file the appeal within 60 days after you are denied. We will work with you to gather all of the evidence in your favor and take care of your appeal filing.

The Appeal Hearing

Our experienced attorneys will represent you during the appeal hearing and will help plan any necessary testimony so that you have the best chance of success. Many appeals are successful at the hearing stage, and we will work tirelessly to get you the assistance you need and deserve.


For more information on disability benefits from the Social Security Association, click here!


Allow us to help you receive the financial assistance you deserve. Call Casale & Bonner P.C. 570-326-7044 to speak with a lawyer.