Applying for Social Security Disability Income in Connecticut
Let Us Help You Beat the Odds
In Connecticut, less than 30% of applicants for Social Security Disability
Income get approved with their initial request. Only 10% will get approved with reconsideration. The approval numbers
increase if claimants go through the arduous process of an Administrative
Law Judge hearing. The average wait time for ALJ hearings is nearly a
year! Meanwhile, the petitioner is suffering both the emotional and financial
stress of facing a disability. Our New Haven
Social Security disability lawyers can guide you every step of the way, from your original
request for benefits all the way to an ALJ hearing, if necessary.
Social Security Disability versus Supplemental Security Income
The U.S. government provides two avenues for assistance for those faced
with a disability:
Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both provide financial aid
to those who are having difficulties maintaining employment due to a qualified
medical condition. Below, you can find some of the key differences between
the two programs.
Social Security Disability
SSD provides aid for those who have paid into Social Security through the
Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) or Self Employment Contribution
Act (SECA). It is not based upon current income or assets. Benefits can
be received until individuals are no longer deemed disabled or reach their
age of retirement. Once retired, SSD will convert to Social Security retirement
payments. In addition, family members of those receiving benefits may
also qualify for aid.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI is a government program designed to give financial assistance to those
with limited income and resources. Monthly subsidies are given to qualifying
applicants who are 65 or older, blind or disabled. Children under 18 who
are disabled or blind may also qualify. Benefits are only for the individual.
Family members do not receive aid.
Although administered by the Social Security Administration, SSI is a completely
different entity. Funding comes from the U.S. Treasury instead of monies
collected through Social Security. In fact,
many people are eligible to receive both SSI and standard Social Security
benefits. Furthermore, the Connecticut State Supplement Program provides additional
income to those receiving SSI.
Complexities in the State of Connecticut
Initial approvals or denials for SSD or SSI in Connecticut are decided
by a state agency. Our New Haven Social Security disability attorneys
are familiar with the ins and outs of the process and strive to get you
approved with your first request. At Axelrod & Associates, LLC, our
lawyers are knowledgeable of the distinctions of applying for aid in the
State of Connecticut.
See how our New Haven Social Security disability lawyers can help you cut
through the confusion!
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