In very basic terms, Social Security Disability benefits provide income to people who are totally disabled and have a limited prognosis for medical improvement. Qualifying for that money is based on how much the person has paid into the Social Security program through gainful employment over the years. However, some people may not realize that disability benefits can also extend to certain family members as well.
The Social Security Administration provides information about all of the types of disability benefits available on its website or in local offices throughout South Carolina. But people sometimes come to our South Carolina law firm asking about the different types of SSD benefits available despite having diligently done their own research.
Questions? Contact our Social Security Benefits Lawyers
If you want to know what types of disability benefits you may be entitled to, contact Land, Parker & Welch, P.A. Our competent South Carolina SSI / SSD attorneys are knowledgeable about the Social Security Disability system and can equip you with the information you need so that you and your family receive the full amount of benefits based on your qualifications.
Call (803) 435-8894 or use our online contact form for a free consultation.
Our firm also helps eligible citizens with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), another government benefits program.
Located in Manning, our firm prides itself on treating its clients like family. When you call Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., you won’t be talking to an automated service. You’ll get to speak directly with a disability benefits attorney.
Types of Disability Benefits
The first question that people ask about Social Security Disability is a natural one: “How much will my benefit be?” The answer varies from person to person because the Social Security Administration bases your benefit amount on your lifetime earnings. The amount of your check will thus increase based on the more you worked or earned in the past.
There are several types of Social Security Disability payments. First, there are those that are payable directly to the disabled worker. However, other people may be eligible for SSD income as well, including:
- Disabled widows and widowers: If something happens to a worker, their surviving spouse or divorced spouse with a disability may be able to receive benefits if they are over 50, have a qualifying disability and can show that the onset of the disability started before or within seven years after the worker’s death.
- Adult children disabled before age 22: A child who becomes disabled before 22 may receive child’s benefits if their parent dies or starts receiving Social Security disability or retirement benefits. These payments apply only if the adult “child” is not making any substantial income, which for 2011 is $1,000.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Disability benefits are also available for low-income individuals and their children. This is called Supplemental Security Income, or SSI.
Important Tips About Your Disability Benefits
Your disability benefits will be affected by any other government benefits that you already receive, such as workers’ compensation, public disability benefits or pension plans. If you are receiving assistance from these sources, the amount of your SSD benefit may be reduced.
Another resource offered to Social Security Disability recipients comes from the SSA’s Ticket to Work and work incentives programs. Recognizing that most people would rather work than be disabled, SSA will provide training and other vocational services to beneficiaries free of charge. The work incentives program allows disabled beneficiaries to test their ability to work while continuing their monthly payments. If you show significant improvements after participating in these programs, your benefits may also be affected to reflect the change in your condition.
Contact Our SSD/SSI Lawyers Today
If you are disabled and need information about the types of federal assistance available to you, call the SSD/SSI attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A. today. We have a dedicated team of skilled Social Security Disability lawyers who are ready to help you secure the disability benefits you need.
Call (803) 435-8894 or use our online contact form for consultation at no charge to you.