Social Security Disability Income Attorneys Serving Colorado Springs
There are two types of Social Security Disability benefits administered by the federal government through the Social Security Administration (SSA): Social Security Disability Income, also known as SSDI, and Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI.
How Does SSDI Work?
SSDI is financed primarily through employee and employer taxes and paid into the Social Security fund. Benefits are paid only to those who contribute to the fund and who are found to be disabled. Benefits are paid both to the worker and his or her dependents if the worker is unable to continue with his or her job because of disability, blindness or death. The amount of benefits received depends on the amount of earnings paid into the system by the worker.
If you are awarded SSDI, you also become entitled to Medicare after receiving disability income for two years.
SSDI vs. SSI
Persons who have not worked long enough to be covered by Social Security Disability may still be eligible to receive benefits through SSI. Unlike SSDI, you must have minimal income and resources in order to become entitled to SSI. You must also show that you are unable to work because of a physical or mental disability. SSI does not award benefits to dependents.
If you are awarded SSI, you also become entitled to Medicaid benefits.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My SSDI or SSI Claim?
Applying for Social Security benefits is a frustrating and complicated process. Often, the initial application is denied and it is necessary to apply for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.
If you haven’t yet applied, it is important to have a qualified attorney at our firm to represent you before you file your claim. Doing so will allow us to thoroughly examine your particular case and present it in the most convincing and persuasive manner. We have been in the business of helping clients successfully acquire Social Security Disability benefits for 35 years. During that time we have gathered the experience needed to know the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration, so that we may better represent our clients and their disabilities.
We realize that the process of applying for Social Security benefits can be very frustrating and complicated. We facilitate the process with our knowledge, care and compassion.
Living with a disability is hard enough as it is without having the burden of proving to the government that you are disabled. We take care of both the seemingly endless waiting and the busy work.
What You Can Expect From Our Firm
If you retain Weddell & Haller for your Social Security Disability claim, our services include the following:
- The gathering of medical evidence
- Preparing witnesses to testify
- Consulting doctors and physicians for exams and medical information
- Analyzing your case and appropriate regulations
- Handling paperwork, telephone calls and legwork
At Weddell & Haller we are motivated by compassion and committed to our clients’ cases — they are our number one priority. Our goal is to use our proven track record of 35 years of positive results to ensure that each person we represent is granted the rights that he or she deserves.