Skilled Legal Help Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits in Florida
Benefits available from SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two important programs aimed at providing money and resources to disabled persons. The attorneys at Scott J. Sternberg, P.A. provide knowledgeable advice and committed support when you seek benefits from either government program.
If you are disabled, learning about available benefits and programs is important to relieving the hardships you face when unable to work. We help you understand the benefits available to you and our goal is ensuring you receive your entitled benefits.
What is the difference between SSD and SSI?
Although SSD and SSI are both federal programs that provide disability benefits in Florida, the eligibility requirements are different for each program:
- Social Security Disability (SSD). SSD is an insurance program for disabled U.S. workers. Eligibility requires sufficient, recent time in the workforce and a designation by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that an individual is disabled.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides money for basic necessities like clothes, food and shelter to disabled or aged persons who are impoverished. Unlike SSD, work credits are not a factor in determining eligibility for SSI.
Benefits offered by Social Security Disability
With local offices in Boca Raton, Orlando and West Palm Beach, we help clients throughout Florida understand and obtain Social Security benefits. If you are unable to work, achieving appropriate benefits is essential to you and your family. Disability benefits offered through SSD include the following:
- When you qualify for SSD, you receive monthly payments based on your age, wage, number of years in the workforce and your estimated date of retirement. The amount of money paid to you is unique, based on your own work history and circumstances. Your monthly payment and your retirement are based on your covered earnings, which is the amount you paid into Social Security over time.
- While medical care is not a direct benefit of SSD, you may, under certain conditions, immediately qualify for Medicare. Otherwise, you become eligible for Medicare after two years of receiving disability benefits.
- Because of your inability to work, your children under age 18 may be eligible to receive financial assistance.
- As a recipient of SSD, you are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help you with the cost of food for you and your family.
If you are disabled in Florida, the benefits available to you through Social Security programs can relieve some of the hardship you face. Our focus is addressing that hardship by helping you obtain all of the benefits rightfully yours by law.
Florida Social Security disability benefits
At the law firm of Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., we are dedicated to helping you adjust and move forward after a disabling injury or illness. With offices in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, we offer reliable service when and where you need it.
We offer evening and weekend appointments and can travel to you if you are unable to come to one of our locations. Call us at 561.687.5660 or contact us online for a consultation.