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Social Security Disability (SSD)/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Lawyer

Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two different federal government programs that are both overseen and managed by the Social Security Administration, and people applying for claims must have medical eligibility. There are, however, distinct differences between the two programs.

Northeast Ohio disability attorney John C. Bucalo has many years of experience handling SSD and SSI claims. He can help you alleviate the stress of taking on the Social Security Administration in order to get the benefits you deserve.

Supplemental Security Disability (SSD)

Social Security Disability (SSD) is available to workers who have worked a certain number of years and have made contributions to the Social Security trust fund in the form of FICA Social Security taxes.

If you are younger than 65, have earned a certain number of “work credits” and suffer a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for SSD. However, the Social Security Administration considers a number of factors ± such as work income, work history, age and ability to do other work — when evaluating an application or an appeal for benefits.

The process can be complicated, and SSD benefits can be denied for such reasons as failure to follow the prescribed treatment. John C. Bucalo is an experienced Ohio disability attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of Social Security Disability claims getting you disability benefits so you can focus on getting the treatment you need.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits are need-based for low income individuals who haven’t ever worked or who have not earned enough work credits to qualify for SSD. The program provides a monthly check to people who are blind, elderly or have a disability.

SSI is an important supplement for many who have government benefits such as Medicaid, Social Security and food stamps. However, the SSI application process is confusing, and many who apply without an experienced SSI attorney are initially denied or receive the minimal amount of benefits. Disability attorney John C. Bucalo is experienced in SSI claims and can help individuals and families who need assistance with the initial filing or who have already been denied benefits.

If you are thinking of filing a claim for disability, don’t wait until your claim is denied. Contact Northeast Ohio attorney John C. Bucalo today at 216.344.9100 for a free consultation.