According to the Social Security Administration, you must have an impairment that is severe enough to prevent you from doing substantial work. Also, the condition must last, or be expected to last, more than a year to meet the definition of who is disabled.
Supplement Security Income is a more modest benefit that may be available to individuals with low income and resources. SSI covers the aged, those with severe disabilities, and people with very limited resources.
Experienced attorneys can help you file your initial application or file your appeal if you are denied initially. These legal representatives work on a contingency basis and are not awarded any fees until your application is approved.
Approximately one-third of all applications are denied initially. If your claim is rejected, you can schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge who will review your case.
Historically, having an experienced attorney help you with your appeal increases your chances of an approved claim at the hearing stage over those without representation. They understand the complicated application process and guidelines and are able to document your inability to perform other types of work. They also understand what kind of medical records are needed for the appeal and can get this information into the record.