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Applying for Social Security Disability Income

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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 attorneys can guide you every step of the way, from your original request for benefits all the way to a hearing, if necessary.

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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.

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. With over 50 years of experience at Axelrod & Associates our attorneys have the knowledge to make the distinctions when applying for aid in the State of Connecticut.

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