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Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration offers two types of benefits for the disabled, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) is based on the credits from the work you have done in your life. You must be found disabled before your date last insured (DLI) to be found eligible for SSDI. Your DLI is calculated by counting your “quarters of coverage” from your earnings record. You must have 20 “quarters of coverage” of the last 40 quarters. Simply put, you must have worked 5 years of the last ten years (in general). In addition, Adult Disabled Children can be eligible for benefits off their parent’s account.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a need-based program and you must meet income/asset standards in addition to being found disabled under the five steps above. In 2023, SSI is $914.00 per month for an individual and $1,371 for an eligible couple. SSI will be reduced by 1/3 if you are receiving financial help from others. In NC, SSI recipients are also entitled to Medicaid.

SSI is also available for disabled children and is evaluated under a different standard than adults. Children must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or impairments (including emotional or learning problems) which result in marked and severe functional limitations, and the impairment(s) has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months or be expected to result in death. Child SSI terminates when the child turns 18. The claimant will then have to reapply and be evaluated under the above adult sequential evaluation.

Who should apply for Social Security Disability/SSI?

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Do you need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Below, I’ve listed out how to file a social security disability claim in Garner, NC and how our law firm can help you.

Step One: Call the Bishop Law Firm at (919) 615-3095 and we will send you some information to get you started.

Step Two: File a claim at the local Social Security Office. The local office is at 3315 Poole Rd, Raleigh, NC. Their phone number is 800-772-1213. You may want to call ahead. When you file this claim you will need the following information: http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-16.html. You may also be able to file online.

Step Three: If you go anywhere new for treatment, take any new medication, or have any new diagnosis, you need to call us and let us know so we can forward that information on to the Social Security Administration.

Step Four: After you apply for benefits, your case will be sent to DDS (Disability Determination Services) in Raleigh, NC. An examiner will be assigned to your case. The examiner may send you forms to fill out and may also send forms to 3rd parties for them to give their opinion about your daily activities. It is extremely important that you complete these forms as soon as possible and return them to the DDS examiner. In addition, DDS may send you to a consultative examination.

If you are disabled and live in Garner, NC, just know the Bishop Law Firm handles Social Security Disability cases at any level and is willing to assist you throughout your disability case.