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  • How do I apply for Social Security benefits in South Carolina?

    In South Carolina, you have to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by going through the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can apply by telephone, at a Social Security office, or on the Internet.

    If you choose to call or visit an office, you will first have to call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. The operator will then schedule a date and time when the SSA will call you if you would like to apply by phone or schedule an appointment for you at an office if you prefer to apply in person.

    Your other option would be to complete the Social Security Disability application online by clicking here. However, this is only for SSD; you cannot apply for SSI using any Internet method.

    Although you are not required to hire an attorney to assist you with applying for Social Security benefits, it has been proven that applicants who are represented by an attorney win their benefits more often than those who decide to apply without the help of an attorney. There are South Carolina Social Security Disability attorneys who offer free consultations in order to determine whether or not you have a good chance of receiving benefits. That way, you will not have to waste your time, effort, and money applying if there is only a small chance that you will win benefits.

  • Can my child, who is disabled, apply for social security benefits?

    Yes, if your child is disabled, they may be entitled to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as opposed to Social Security Disability (SSD). The Social Security Administration has set income and resource limits that you, as the Social security disability children scparent or guardian of a disabled child, must meet in order to be eligible to apply for SSI. In addition to these guidelines, your child must meet the medical requirements in order to be qualified to receive SSI. This requires that you have a disability interview with the Social Security Administration where you will provide and any all information about your child's medical history. If the Social Security Administration determines that your child is eligible for disability, they will set up an interview to ensure that you still meet the income and resource limits, and then your child will receive benefits.

    If you have questions on how to apply for Supplemental Security Income for children, contact South Carolina Social Security Disability attorney Shelly Leeke today at 1-888-690-0211!

  • What is Supplemental Security Income and can a Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina help me determine if I'm eligible for SSI?

    You may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income provided you meet the stringent requirements for this program. A Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your case.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that isn't funded by Social Security taxes but rather by general tax revenues. It is a federal income supplement program to help those with basic needs. Basic needs could include shelter, food and clothing.

    SSI is also for the disabled, elderly and the blind when they have little or no income. 

    Eligibility for SSI can be determined by a Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina. However, you should know that SSA determines this based upon the Benefit Eligibility Screen Tool (BEST). 

    The BEST will take you through a number of questions and based on those answers, will list which, if any, benefits you are eligible for. Even this doesn't necessarily mean you will automatically get them. You still must apply and finish the process of determining whether or not you qualify.

    Some of the questions that may be asked will pertain to your personal finances, along with your spouse's earnings.
    To better understand the types of questions you may be asked, you should speak with a Social Security disability attorney.

    When it comes to Social Security, any component can be very time-consuming and complex. This is why it is usually best to enlist the help of someone who has experience in this area of law. A Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina can look at the specifics of your case to help you determine your eligibility.

    Seeking the Help of a Social Security Disability Attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina

    The South Carolina Social Security disability attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help with the complicated and time-consuming tasks associated with filing a disability claim. Before you file a Social Security disability claim in South Carolina, contact a disability attorney for a consultation 1-888-690-0211.

  • Do I qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

    You can receive Social Security Disability benefits if you are disabled and under 65 years of age. Also, you must have sufficient earning credits, which is determined by the Social Security Administration. You may be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits if it has been determined that you do not have enough credits for Social Security Disability.

  • How much do I get if I am approved for SSDI?

    The amount that receive depends on your specific situation, but you have the potential to get $650.00 per month to $2,000.00 per month. You could possibly receive even more from the Social Security Administration depending on how much you have paid into the system and how many legal dependents are living in your home.

  • I was denied for SSDI, what now?

    If you have been turned down for SSDI, you should file an appeal and continue to appeal denials at least through the hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If you not file your appeal within 60 days, you may not be entitled to full SSD benefits. The Social Security Administration states that the most common mistake people make when trying to receive SSD benefits is failing to appeal or waiting too long to file their "Request for Reconsideration" and/or "Request for Hearing".

  • How many days do I have to appeal my SSD denial?

    You will have 60 days to file your appeal. It is important that you appeal it within this amount of time because you could potentially lose your right to valuable SSD benefits if 60 days have passed.

  • Do I need an attorney for my Social Security Disability claim?

    You are not required to hire a lawyer in order to pursue a disability claim. However, it is important to note that the Social Security Administration has found that claimants who use a lawyer are far more successful in winning their claims than those who do not.

    It is advised that you hire an attorney because there are important forms that you must fill out when you begin filing your claim. These forms can determine whether or not you win your case, so it is recommended that you seek the help of an attorney in order to fill them out correctly.

    An attorney can also ensure that you have all of the evidence presented to prove your claim so that you do not lose your claim due to insufficient evidence. Since attorneys are familiar with the Social Security system and have experience winning a disability claim, hiring an attorney can increase the chances of winning your claim.

  • What is the difference between SSD and SSI?

    The main difference between Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is that SSD is available to workers who have attained a specified number of work credits, while SSI is available to those who have not worked or who have not earned enough work credits to qualify for SSD. Also, with SSD, a person's dependents could potentially receive auxilliary benefit; however, with SSI, only the disabled individual is able to receive any benefits. SSI recipients also can receive Medicaid, while SSD recipients can receive Medicare.

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