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About SSD and SSI Benefits in Oklahoma

Attorney Dan Davis Provides Details People Need to Know

This brief explanation of benefits may help you better understand who is eligible for SSD or SSI. You may be entitled to receive full or partial pay, reimbursement for medical expenses, or payments for a disability resulting from a work-related injury. Please contact the Dan Davis Law Firm for more specific answers in your case.

Major types of Social Security disability benefits:

Disability Insurance Benefits — For individuals who have worked in five of the last 10 years who become disabled.

Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits — For individuals aged at least 50 who become disabled within a certain amount of time after the death of a spouse insured under Social Security.

Disabled Adult Child Benefits — For the children of persons who are deceased or who are drawing Social Security Disability or retirement benefits. (The child must have become disabled before age 22.)

Supplemental Security Income Benefits — For individuals who are poor and/or have not paid Social Security tax via payroll deduction and who become disabled. There is an SSI child’s disability benefits program for children under the age of 18 who are disabled.

Working part time or occasionally will not automatically disqualify you from receiving Social Security disability benefits. You may receive SSD or SSI benefits and still qualify for others, such as long-term disability insurance and veteran’s benefits.

Denied SSD or SSI Claims

Nationally, about two-thirds of all Social Security Disability applicants are denied benefits on their initial claim. We understand how frustrating this can be. If this happens to you, don’t give up. You can contact an experienced attorney for help in requesting an appeal, known as “reconsideration.” It is important to properly file the appropriate documents within the 60-day window after receiving a Denial Notice.

If your reconsideration is also denied, you may still have options that can lead to receiving benefits. An experienced legal professional can guide you in requesting a hearing to appeal denial of your reconsideration claim.

The hearing is where you will have the best chance of winning your appeal. A hearing is conducted by the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration (a different agency from the one which denied your Initial Application or Reconsideration) and you may have an attorney present to assist in explaining the circumstances and extent of your injuries.

Who is Eligible for SSD or SSI?

It must be shown that an accident survivor or victim of negligence is suffering physical or mental health problems (or a combination) severe enough to keep that individual from working in any regular paying job for at least 12 months. This may be as a result of a workplace injury, such as an oil field injury, or from a non-work-related event such as a motorcycle accident or auto accident.

Factors in determining SSD or SSI eligibility

Our experienced attorneys can help you build the strongest possible claim. Factors that will be taken into account when determining eligibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical condition
  • Age
  • Extent of physical or mental limitations
  • Vocational training and work experience

If you have been in the workforce and have had Social Security taxes deducted from your pay, and meet the health requirements, you may qualify for Social Security Disability. Those who have not paid these payroll taxes may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits.