Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income
What is it?
Individuals that pay into the Social Security System in anticipation
of receiving retirement benefits. What many people do not know is if
they become disabled before retirement age they may be able to collect
their benefits early as disability benefits. Supplemental Security
Income benefits are those paid to low wage earners or non-wage earners
who are either disabled or who are of retirement age.
If qualified what do you become entitled to?
If you are found to be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits
you would be entitled to a monthly Social Security check and cost of
living increases as long as you remain disabled. In addition, two
years after the first month of entitlement to monetary benefits you
become eligible for Medicare. If you become eligible for Supplemental
Security Income benefits you may be entitled to a monthly check. How
much you are entitled to depends upon your economic circumstances. In
addition, when you become eligible for SSI you become eligible for
What to do if you become disabled?
If you have become disabled and are expected to be disabled for twelve
months or more you can call the Social Security Administration or call
this office for a free consultation. Please note, most benefits are
only paid retroactively one year; therefore a long delay in filing a
claim could cost you money. In addition, Supplemental Security Income benefits are only
paid from the date of the application.
What can the Law Office of Richard R. Rowe do for you?
I will assist you in filing the claim, deal with the District Office
in providing them with the information they need in order to process
the claim as well as with the State Agency that does the medical
development of the case, obtain the appropriate medical records from
your treating doctors, file a request for a hearing if you were denied
at the initial level, attempt to win your case without a hearing with
an on the record decision and failing that represent you before an
Administrative Law Judge.
How and when does the attorney get paid?
I only get paid if I am successful in your claim. If I am successful,
I receive 25% of your retroactive benefits up to the maximum allowed
by the law. Currently that amount is $6,000.00. Again it is the
lower of either 25% of retroactive benefits or the maximum allowed
under the law, not a flat $6,000.00 fee. If we are successful in the
claim the attorney’s fee would be held out of your retroactive
benefits and sent directly to this office less a processing fee which
Helpful link: You can contact the Social Security Administration
directly at www.ssa.gov.