Social Security Disability Laws

by | Feb 24, 2016 | Lawyers

Social Security disability in Kansas City is a program administered by the federal government; the objective is to give disabled workers some financial relief. Although the program is under the auspices of the federal government it is run by the Social Security Administration, the goal is to ensure workers that are physically or mentally disabled and they cannot work are given monetary benefits. Social Security disability laws are very strict. Social Security Disability Insurance, known as SSDI is not to be confused with another government program known as SSI; Social Security Income is designed for low income individuals that cannot meet the eligibility criteria for SSDI.

There is a myriad of laws that affect the eligibility criteria for those who wish to benefit from Social Security disability in Kansas City. Of all the laws the most important are those that are used to determine if the applicant truly is disabled to the point where work is not possible and the condition is expected to last for at least a year or result in the death of the applicant. The applicant must not yet have reached the legal age for retirement and he or she has sufficient qualifying wages accumulated in the ten years prior to the onset of the disability. For those that meet these expectations they will receive a monthly cash benefit which will continue as long as they continue to be qualified.

Social Security has what they call the “blue book.” This is a list of disabilities that are covered under the existing law. Although the list is quite exhaustive, not everything is considered to have an impact on the individual’s ability to work. As well as the condition, the applicant must prove that it is not possible to perform the work they had been doing prior to the disability, the administration will make a determination as to whether the applicant can make the necessary adjustments which are necessary to perform a different job. The entire process is long and complex, most applicants have a seasoned Social Security attorney by this time to help and guide them.

To be qualified the applicant must also have accrued enough work credits and they must have been acquired within the last ten years.

Once approved for Social Security disability in Kansas City the individual will receive an amount based on the wages earned prior to the onset of the disabling condition. As well as the disabled person’s benefits, the spouse and minor children may also be eligible for benefits.

As you can see from this brief introduction to Social Security disability in Kansas City it is a very complex area with a myriad of rules and regulations that must be met. If you feel you qualify for disability benefits you are invited to discuss the matter further with the Grundy Disability Group.

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