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Social Security Disability

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If you are unable to work because of a medical condition you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify for SSD or SSI benefits, you must prove to the Social Security Administration that you cannot work due to a physical or mental condition that will last or has lasted for at least 1 year or that will lead to death, in addition to other eligibility requirements.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI benefits?

The application and appeals process for SSD and SSI benefits is the same and the standard for determining whether an individual will receive these benefits is the same. The main difference is that SSD is based on work history and SSI is based upon income and resources. People with a steady work history prior to becoming disabled are eligible for SSD benefits regardless of income and financial resources. If you have not worked at all or on an irregular basis, you may be eligible for SSI if you lack sources of income.

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Do I need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Unfortunately, about 68% of SSD and SSI claims are denied upon initial application. The odds are stacked against you from the start. An experienced social security disability attorney can tilt the odds of receiving benefits back in your favor. 

Like most government programs, applying for theseSSD or SSI benefits is complicated and frustrating, and minor inaccuracies or failure to provide all of the requested information can result in a denial. To evaluate your case, the Social Security Administration requires substantial proof of physical and/or mental health impairment. A dedicated attorney who specializes in SSD and SSI benefits will know the ins and outs of the system and can increase the chances that your initial application will be approved or that your appeal will be granted.


Qualified Counsel has lawyers that dedicate their entire practice to representing individuals filing for SSD and SSI benefits within its network. To find an experienced social security disability lawyer that can lead you through this complicated, contact Qualified Counsel. 

What happens if my application is rejected?

Every applicant has the right to appeal the decision by making a request in writing to any Social Security office. This must be completed within 60 days of receiving the initial decision. 


Obtaining SSD or SSI benefits gets more difficult every year. A long term disability lawyer can help you make sense of the application process, so you avoid the common missteps that prevent applicants from receiving their benefits.

If your application has been rejected, Qualified Counsel can help you find an experienced disability lawyer to handle your appeal.