Decoding The Social Security Disability Law

Social Security Disability law deals with the regulation of the Social Security Benefits given to the disabled. The number of disabled people in the U.S. is very large but very few people understand the technicalities of the Social Security law.

This law is basically defined by the federal law. There are two federal programs of Social Security Benefits administered by the Social Security Administration. These programs are Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Benefits that govern the rules and regulations dealing with the disability benefits.

These programs are different in terms of the purpose and eligibility criteria but both these programs require the victim to fit in the legal definition of disability. SSDI benefits are allowed only for those who have paid taxes for sufficient number of days and are suffering from disabilities which make it impossible for them to sustain any activity. The period for which one is supposed to pay FICA taxes is 10 years and at least five years before the date of becoming disabled. Supplemental Security Income is only for the totally-disabled people and indigent people. Here indigent means you have no alternative income other than income for the child support. The claimant has to submit medical proof in support of his claim. If the claimant is denied the benefit on the basis of ineligibility for Social Security Benefit, there is a provision for appeals against the ADA Act, under which one can file a petition.

The petition of appeal has to be filed within 60 days from the date of receiving the denial letter. There are four levels at which you can appeal in most of the states in U.S.A. The process of re-appealing is usually handled by lawyers who specialize in the area of getting rejected cases activated for receiving benefits.