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I’m Disabled. What Do I Do?

You worked your whole life and paid into Social Security to have income after you retire. But what happens when life doesn’t go how you thought it would? What do you do if you become sick, experience an injury, develop an unforeseen disability, or suffer from a physical or mental health problem which leaves you unable to work?

Like millions of other Americans, you thought you or your loved one were entitled to financial benefits from the Social Security Administration. The process of filing a disability claim and having it approved is an overwhelming process, and an intimidating one. You gathered your forms and information, you submitted your claim, you waited and waited, only to have your claim denied. The majority of claims are denied the first time they are made. But take heart! The professional Disability Advocates at GBIS are here to help you every step of the way – even if you’ve been denied.

To have your case reviewed for free, please fill out our Contact Us Form. One of GBIS’s most experienced Disability Advocates will contact you as soon as possible to review your case with you, discuss your options, and explain the benefits to which you may be entitled. One of our Disability Advocates may help save you valuable time in the appeals process and help you get the benefits you deserve faster.

What Is A Disability Advocate?

Did you find the entire process of filing your claim with the Social Security Administration overwhelming and confusing? You’re not alone. The multitude of forms, numerous records, and strict deadlines make it a very difficult, challenging process – and it’s probably why your initial claim was denied.

A Disability Advocate is a person who has been specially trained to manage Social Security Disability claims and appeals. Like every other agency of the US Federal Government, the Social Security Administration has a set of complicated regulations. The SSA uses these regulations to determine a person’s eligibility for disability benefits, and whether or not their claim or appeal should be approved for payment. The Disability Advocates at GBIS have detailed understanding of these rules and regulations, giving them the knowledge and skills to navigate the intricate appeals process for a successful outcome of your claim.

More than 75% of Social Security Disability benefit claims are denied the first time they are made. GBIS’s expert Disability Advocates know how to review your claim to make sure your condition(s) meet the SSA’s definition of disability, how to help you gather all the materials you’ll need, and how to make the appeals application for you at the right time. Once your appeal is filed, GBIS Disability Advocates carefully monitor your application and make sure deadlines for questions and requests for additional documentation from the SSA are met on the required dates to avoid additional delays.

Benefits which accumulate while you wait for your claim to be approved are called back payments. They are calculated from the date your disability begins, when you filed for benefits, and whether your filed for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The government limits the amount payable to a Disability Advocate to 25% or $6,000, whichever is less, of the back payment. The Social Security Administration withholds one-quarter of the past – due benefits and pays them directly to the Disability Advocate, saving you the worry of having to do so!

Social Security Administration Programs

What are the Supplemental Security Income and the Social Security Disability Insurance programs?

Have you become disabled and are no longer able to gain or maintain gainful employment due to issues with you medical, mental or psychological health? There are two forms of disability assistance available to disabled people through the Social Security Administration. They are the Supplemental Security Income and the Social Security Disability Insurance programs providing assistance to people with disabilities. These two programs are different in several ways, and the Social Security Administration only approves disability benefits to people who have a disability and meet the financial and medical eligibility requirements to receive benefits.

The process of obtaining benefits is complicated, confusing, and often seems unfair. Most people who apply for Social Security Disability Benefits are denied. That’s where the Disability Advocates at GBIS can help!

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is primarily based on financial needs. This program is meant to pay benefits to individuals who are unable to earn a living due to a serious physical or mental impairment. As such, your previous work history does not matter, eligibility is based solely on financial need and physical or mental disability. The monthly payment amount you may receive will vary up to the maximum benefit amount allowed under federal law. Supplemental Security Income Disability Benefits are payable to individuals 65 or older, adults who are disabled or blind, and children who are disabled or blind. In order to be eligible for SSI Disability Income benefits, the claimant must have limited income, meet the living arrangement requirements, be a U.S. citizen or national, or be in one of a certain category of aliens.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides replacement income for people who have worked and paid into the Federal Insurance Commissioners Act, or FICA, tax who become unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment. If you or certain members of your family worked long enough and paid enough in Social Security taxes and meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The monthly amount you may receive is determined by the earnings record of the “insured” worker. SSDI benefits are payable to blind or disabled workers, children of blind or disabled workers, adults who have been disabled since childhood, and widows and widowers.

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