Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Aiken, SC.
The caring and compassionate legal staff at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. in Columbia, South Carolina, understand how difficult it is to be too sick or injured to work and provide for your family. We help South Carolinians receive the disability benefits to which they are entitled following an accident at work or if they are too ill to work.
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South Carolina Social Security Disability is a complex government program that provides financial assistance to those unable to work, but there is an abundance of red tape, deadlines, and paperwork that can make it very difficult for you to receive the benefits you deserve. We understand the system, and we know how the process works. We can assure you that if you qualify for benefits, we will get them for you, and we will get them as soon as possible. Some people wait months, even years, to get benefits they are owed, and some never get them at all. We will work very hard to make sure that does not happen to you. Just leave the legal matters to us.
If you have not yet applied for social security benefits, you can apply at your local social security office, online at www.ssa.gov or call 1-800-772-1213. Once you have completed the application process, you will either be accepted or rejected by Social Security Administration. If you receive a denial at any level of the process, you have 60 days to appeal the decision.
We are experienced in Social Security Benefit cases and will meet with you to discuss the details of your case during a confidential consultation at no cost to you. No one plans to become disabled, and it’s a hard realization to accept. It is also a terrible injustice when people who have worked their whole lives are denied the very benefits they have earned. Don’t let this happen to you. If you have applied for benefits on your own and have been rejected (as most applicants are their first time), please call us so we can make sure you get approved the second time around.
Are you eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Qualifying for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits is not as straightforward as it might seem. In order to receive benefits, you first must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disability.”
If you have a severe condition that is totally disabling, preventing you from doing any work, you should qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Additionally, if your disability has already lasted or is expected to last for at least a year, you qualify as disabled. The SSA will not pay for partial or short-term disabilities, only for total disabilities.
Besides meeting Social Security’s strict standards for disabilities, you need to have worked long enough within a certain period of time to qualify for benefits. Social Security “work credits” are based on your total annual income, and you can earn up to four of them each year. The number of work credits that are needed to qualify for SSA disability benefits will depend on your age when you first became disabled. In most cases, you need around 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last decade. However, some younger workers can qualify with fewer credits.
If you do not have enough work credits, but you are still totally disabled according to the SSA’s definition, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability payments. The SSI is a needs-based program, meaning you will need to meet specific household income and asset restrictions before receiving approval for SSI payments.
Types of Disabilities Covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI disabilities are many and varied. You may qualify for SSDI benefits if you suffer from one or more of them.
To learn more about Social Security Disability and how the process works in South Carolina, please contact the social security lawyers in South Carolina at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., today.
With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our social security attorneys and staff are ready to serve you.
For immediate help, call today at 888-353-5513.