If you or a loved one is disabled and unable to work, you or they may be entitled to collect Social Security Disability Benefits. Our lawyers have years of experience handling SSD claims from start to finish and we charge no legal fees until you win your case and receive past due benefits. We charge only 25% of past due benefits after you win your case and nothing if we don’t win your case. Call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free consultation.
What are the Differences Between SSD and SSI?
RI Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program that is available for individuals who are unable to work because they are disabled. SSD pays an amount each month to individuals who have paid enough income tax to qualify for benefits. The person’s doctor needs to agree that the disability will last for at least one year. The process for applying is complicated and therefore speaking with an experienced attorney is important for your success.
RI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that is available for those who do not qualify for SSD or those that even with SSD income do not reach the federal financial standard. In order to qualify for SSI, a person needs to be either age 65 or older, be blind or have a qualifying disability, but also the person’s family income needs to be below the financial standard. While SSD availability is based upon how much you have paid into the federal income tax structure, SSI is based upon familial need.
About Social Security Disability & SSI
If you are disabled and cannot work, you may be able to receive payments from the federal government. The Social Security Administration runs two programs for Social Security disability. Read more
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
The Social Security Administration manages both the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) programs. However, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is different from Social Security Disability. Read more
Do I qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
The best way to show that you have a disability or impairment is with medical records and reports. Ask your doctor to prepare a report detailing your medical history, the symptoms of your illness/disability, your diagnosis, and your prognosis. Read more
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
1) You should apply as soon as your doctor believes your disability or illness will prevent you from working for more than one year.
2) For your application, you will need medical records and reports to verify that you have a legitimate disability or impairment which qualifies you to receive benefits. Read more
Where to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?
There are three places that you can apply. The first place is on the internet through the Administration’s website. Read more
Other Commonly Asked Questions
Going back to work will not automatically end your benefits, due to a program called “Work Incentive.” It allows disabled persons to keep receiving their full benefits while testing out their ability to work. Read more
Long Term Disability Insurance Law
If you have Long Term Disability Insurance (also known as LTD) and you have an injury or illness that affects your ability to work, you may be entitled to disability benefits through your insurance policy. The right attorney can help you recover the maximum amount of benefits entitled to you. Read more
UNUM Disability Insurance Law
Unum is the leading long-term and short-term disability insurance provider in the United States. Unum’s plans are a key part of the long-term disability policy offered to employees by many employers. Read more
Common SSD/SSI Injuries:
- Back Pain
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cardiac/Vascular Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Hepatitis C
- Herniated or Ruptured Disks
- Kidney Failure
- Sleep Disorders
- Spinal Injuries
- Heart Conditions
- Chronic Chest Pain
- Liver Disease
- Mental Health Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Neurological Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Renal Failure
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Seizure Disorder
- Severed Limbs or Paralysis
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Sleep Disorders
- Spinal Injuries
Why Do I Need a Rhode Island Social Security Attorney?
You need an attorney who handles these types of cases because the process can be confusing and time consuming. Roughly 75% of first time disability applications are denied, and an attorney can guide you through the lengthy appeals and hearing process. Your chances on appeal are much greater if you have an attorney who can help you. Under Administration guidelines, you have a right to be represented.
If you retain a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Administration, you double your chances of success at the first level, and you can save yourself a lot of time. If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Administration, call d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully.
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