Suffering a debilitating injury or illness is difficult enough, but obtaining the government-provided benefits you deserve might present another obstacle during an already tough time. The Law Office of Paul J. Dombeck PLLC represents a diverse group of Arizona disability claimants and gives clients clear explanations on key issues, such as the differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). When you know what purpose each of these programs serves and what relief you might be entitled to, you can make smart choices about how to proceed.
Though both programs are operated by the Social Security Administration and are designed to assist disabled claimants, there are sharp distinctions between SSDI and SSI. Simply put, SSDI is a type of insurance coverage available to applicants who have earned benefits based on how much they’ve contributed through payroll taxes. On the other hand, SSI is a federal assistance program that helps disabled people who are in serious financial distress.
Our Phoenix Social Security Disability Lawyers deliver comprehensive counsel on behalf of Arizona residents who seek the SSDI benefits that are often crucial to their family’s financial well-being. We advise clients on each aspect of these claims, including:
Payments typically last until the claimant is able to resume work or reaches retirement age. After reviewing the facts in your situation, we can assess how your claim will be handled.
Unlike SSDI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that certain disabled individuals can access regardless of their work history. These funds are provided to people who lack the means to support themselves financially due to disability, blindness or the fact that they are at least 65 years old. Single files cannot have more than $2,000 in available assets and the limit for couples is $3,000. Our attorneys can advise you regarding SSI eligibility based on these factors, as well as the income limits set by the Social Security Administration.
Even when a disabled person satisfies the requirements for SSDI or SSI, it is far from automatic that the needed payments will follow. Both programs reject more than 60 percent of initial claimants. Our firm eases the process of applying for disability payments by explaining the standards for each type of relief, assembling the necessary medical evidence and preparing the filing the documents in a clear, accurate manner.
The Law Office of Paul J. Dombeck PLLC in Phoenix represents Arizona clients who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits. If your claim has been denied or you have questions about your legal options, please call 602-648-2035 or contact us online.