Weslaco Social Security Disability Lawyer
Fight for the SSD benefits you need by hiring a Weslaco Social Security Disability attorney.
If your health has made it impossible for you to work, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the federal government. While not everyone qualifies for benefits, it is certainly worth exploring your eligibility if you find yourself hampered by a serious disability.
To find out whether you qualify for federal assistance and fight for the compensation you deserve, contact a Weslaco Social Security Disability lawyer at J.A. Davis & Associates, LLP.
Who Qualifies for SSD Benefits?
One of the first eligibility requirements for SSD recipients is that they have made payroll contributions to the United States’ Social Security program.
In addition, recipients must be afflicted by a long-term disability, which means it is expected to derail their ability to work for at least a year. During this continuous, year-long period, SSD beneficiaries should not receive a substantial amount of income from any work-related source.
The Social Security Administration has laid out fourteen general categories of disabilities, the presence of any one of which may warrant SSD benefits for Weslaco injury victims. These include the following:
- Musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., spinal disorders)
- Special senses and speech disorders (e.g., severely impaired vision)
- Respiratory disorders (e.g., severe asthma)
- Cardiovascular disorders (e.g., heart transplant)
- Digestive system disorders (e.g., chronic liver disease)
- Genitourinary diseases (e.g., chronic kidney disease)
- Hematological diseases (e.g., those requiring stem cell transplantation)
- Skin disorders (e.g., dermatitis)
- Endocrine disorders (e.g., thyroid gland disorders)
- Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems (e.g., non-mosaic Down syndrome)
- Neurological disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy)
- Mental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder)
- Cancer (e.g., leukemia)
- Immune system disorders (e.g., HIV)
Breaking Down SSD Benefits
SSD benefits vary with your level of income. Those who have a higher annual salary usually receive a lesser proportion of their wages. And those who make less typically receive a higher percentage.
When the compensation you are to receive is being decided, your lifetime earnings will also be taken into consideration. If you team up with a Weslaco SSD benefits lawyer, he or she will be able to assess all the factors in your claim and work history to determine whether you’re being offered a fair amount.
Note that SSD differs from Supplemental Security Income, which is a similar program also run by the Social Security Administration. It’s intended for those who may not fulfill the work requirements of the SSD program.
It’s worth mentioning that immediate family members, including children and spouses, are often eligible for up to half of the benefits you receive. However, the benefits your family members receive cannot exceed 180 percent of your individual SSD benefit amount.
This often overlooked feature of SSD is vital because your loss of income also affects the financial health of your loved ones. A Weslaco SSD benefits attorney can help you make sure your family members are taken care of, too.
Contact a Weslaco Social Security Disability Attorney
Long-term disabilities can drain your energy, but thanks to the federal SSD program, they don’t have to deplete your bank account.
To help make sure you receive the benefits you need, contact a Weslaco Social Security Disability lawyer at J.A. Davis & Associates, LLP as soon as you can. Call our firm at 210-732-1062 or visit the bottom of this page to fill out our online contact form. We would be happy to discuss your case in a free consultation.