Social Security Qualification Questions

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

What do I need to show in order to be eligible for social security benefits?

When you file an application for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA), you will need to show that you have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition of “disability.” You must also provide information to support the claim that you are unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” due to the medical condition. In order to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to provide financial information to prove that you meet certain caps on income and resources.

When are my family members eligible for disability support benefits?

Social Security Disability programs provide benefits not only to the disabled person, but in certain situations, disability support benefits may also be paid to the spouse, a divorced spouse, children and disabled children.

If eligible for disability support benefits, each family member could receive a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of the disabled person’s disability rate. There is a limitation, however, on the total amount of disability support benefits that can be paid, which is generally about 50 to 80 percent of the disabled person’s total benefits.

How can I appeal a qualification denial?

If your application for disability benefits has been denied, you can appeal the decision by requesting reconsideration of the decision. You can also appeal the decision and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If your application is denied after a hearing, you may request that the Appeals Council review the decision or file a lawsuit in federal court for a review of the denied claim.

Due to strict guidelines and time restrictions on when you can file an appeal of your social security disability denial, you should not delay in contacting one of the skilled Chicago social security lawyers at Ankin Law so that we can begin helping you file your appeal promptly.


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