The Social Security Administration is the federal agency that administers federal disability programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD). SSD is a program that provides financial assistance to individuals with qualifying disabilities and who have paid the necessary work credits into the Social Security program. Applying for SSD benefits can be challenging. Our Baltimore disability lawyer has provided some helpful information below, including resources and statistics, to help you understand more about the disability benefits for which you may be able to apply. You are always encouraged to speak with a Baltimore disability lawyer at the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin before applying for SSD benefits to determine whether you qualify. Our disability law firm can explain the next steps you should take to qualify for SSD before applying so you can reduce the chances of having your disability application denied.
The SSA provides a very helpful resource page that includes information about federal disability benefits such as the following:
- Benefits: Includes information about the SSD and SSI programs and the application process.
- Data: Includes publicly available data containing historical and current information about the processing by the SSA of initial claims for federal disability benefits.
- Publications: Includes publications on federal disability programs.
- mySocialSecurity: A free account provided by SSA where you can obtain a statement of your estimated benefits, check the status of an application, and request a replacement Social Security card, among other important functions.
- Wounded Warriors: Information for military service members to receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security.
- Compassionate Allowances: Information on the Compassionate Allowances, which help individuals with specific diseases reduce the waiting time to reach a disability determination on their benefits.
Resources from the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin
The disability and medical benefits team at the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin has put together several informative resources to help individuals research and understand the Social Security benefits available to them. Below are some of our Social Security disability resources that you may find helpful:
- The Difference Between SSDI and SSI
- Social Security Applications and Eligibility
- The Social Security Claims Process
- SSDI Appeals
- SSDI Denials
- Disability and COVID-19
- Disability Myths
- Top 5 Reasons Why Your Social Security Disability Case Will Be Denied
Since 1956, the Social Security program has provided disabled applicants with cash benefits. Each year, the SSA publishes an annual statistical report on the SSD program. Below are some statistical highlights from the 2019 report:
- Disability benefits were paid to approximately 10 million people
- The average age for disabled-worker beneficiaries was 55
- The largest category of diagnoses included diseases involving the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
- The average monthly benefit received by disabled-worker beneficiaries was $1,257.65
- SSI benefits were another source of income for about one out of nine disabled-worker beneficiaries
Contact a Baltimore Disability Lawyer Today for Help Applying for Federal Disability Benefits
Do you need assistance with your SSD or SSI applications, or do you have questions about the process? If so, contact an experienced Baltimore disability lawyer who can help you get the benefits you deserve. At the Law Office of Emmett B. Irwin, we help people with disabilities get the benefits they need. If you would like to learn more about how we can assist, contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We work with clients throughout Maryland and surrounding states.