Social Security Disability

Knowing where to start when submitting a claim for the government benefit for a disability can be overwhelming. Where to start? If you or someone close to you is no longer able to work due to a mental or physical condition, you may qualify for SSD or SSI. Let’s start at the very beginning.

Application Process

Making a claim can be a long and difficult process by yourself, and if mishandled can cause your claim to be denied or can result in an unfavorable decision. Luckily, we’ve got the roadmap to success. That’s why we win 99% of the time. We provide our clients with helpful, clear information to guide them on their disability claim journey.

What If you have already applied and been denied? 

If you have been denied social security disability benefits, you are not alone. The Social Security Administration reports that they deny 77% of all applicants who file an initial application and for those who appeal this decision, they are denied again, 98% of the time. Don’t be one of these statistics, Attorney Michael Mastrogiovanni has been handling disability cases for over 15 years and has the blueprint for success that has resulted in favorable outcomes for 99% of his clients. 

What’s the difference between SSDI and SSI? 

SSDI, otherwise known as Social Security Disability Insurance, is a government program based upon Title II of the Social Security Act. This benefit is paid monthly if you meet the SSA requirements of a disability and remain insured. In order to be insured, you must have paid in sufficient quarters of coverage during the years of your employment and your date of last insured must not have expired before your disability is proven. This program has no asset limit thresholds and provides roughly 40% of your pre-disability earnings along with eligibility to receive Medicare. 

SSI or Supplemental Security Income falls under Title XVI of the Social Security Act and is a low income-based program that is paid monthly if you meet the SSA requirements of disability and have little to no assets. This program unlike SSDI, is not based on the recipients work history but instead pays a very small monthly amount and provides access to Medicaid health benefits. You do not need a work history to be eligible for this program. Attorney Michael Mastrogiovanni has helped many individuals and even infants and minors in obtaining benefits from this program. 

What’s the biggest mistake made in SSDI cases?

At least once per month our office speaks with someone that had a debilitating accident or injury years earlier but decided to wait before they filed for SSDI benefits and now are no longer eligible. Don’t wait for your insured status to expire, contact our office today to discuss what your options are and make an informed decision. 

Michael Mastrogiovanni
Michael Mastrogiovanni

Lead Counsel

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