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What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federally funded programs operated by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI pays benefits to people who cannot work because of a disability. SSI provides benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

Am I eligible for disability benefits?

If you have an impairment that prevents you from pursuing gainful employment, you may be eligible for benefits. To qualify, your disability or medical condition must be permanent, long-lasting, or fatal—as confirmed by an SSA-approved doctor.

What Medical Conditions Qualify For SSDI Benefits?

Below is a partial list of conditions covered under Social Security Disability programs. A complete list of qualifying conditions can be found on the SSA’s Listing of Impairments page.

Physical disabilities:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Congenital diseases
  • Immune system disorders
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory conditions

Behavioral conditions:

Filers may consider consulting with a Minneapolis disability attorney to find out if their condition qualifies for benefits.

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

Three ways to apply for SSDI benefits:

  1. Fill out the online application at
  2. Call the SSA’s number at 800-772-1213.
  3. Contact your local Social Security office to request an in-person appointment. Head to the SSA’s Office Locator page to find the office closest to you.

When should I apply, and how long will it take?

You should apply as soon as possible. After submitting your application, it can take three to five months to receive an official response from the SSA. Therefore, it is in your best interest to begin preparing your application materials immediately, so your benefits are not delayed any further.

What information do I need before applying?

Before you apply for benefits, you will need to collect information about both your employment history and your disability. Begin by gathering the following personal, medical, and employment documentation:

  • Social Security number and birth certificate
  • Direct deposit information
  • Contact information of your healthcare providers and hospitals
  • Medical lab results and tests about your disability
  • List of prescriptions you have to take for your condition
  • Work documents, like W-2’s and tax returns
  • Employment information like all jobs and dates you worked during the last 15 years
  • All workers compensation information, if you have or will file for those benefits

What To Do If My SSDI Or SSI Claim Is Denied?

If your claim was denied, it is not the end of the road. Initial requests are often rejected by the SSA for a variety of reasons—some as small as missing or incomplete information. And while some work-related physical disabilities are often denied, the following conditions can usually qualify for Social Security Disability benefits:

  • Back, neck and spine injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip, knee and ankle injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Repetitive stress injuries to tendons, ligaments, and joints
  • Loss of eyesight

Filers may seek to appeal a judgment if they disagree with the court’s determination. Our experienced disability lawyers have successfully appealed hundreds of disability claims and have fought tirelessly to preserve benefits for disabled people.

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Minneapolis Social Security Disability FAQ

If you’re in Minneapolis and living with a disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs, run through the Social Security Administration in Minnesota, could help you find the money you need to live if your disability prevents you from working.

Unfortunately, many people are denied SSI and SSDI because they don’t understand the requirements or improperly fill out the paperwork. Both programs can be confusing, and if you haven’t applied to Social Security Administration programs before, it can be difficult to understand all the requirements or how to get the most from your claim.

If your application for SSI or SSDI is denied, don’t give up hope. There is still a chance that you could qualify if you reapply. Your best option is to reach out to a personal injury attorney in Minneapolis who has experience dealing with Minneapolis SSDI and SSI claims.

Below, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Minneapolis SSI and SSDI claims we get from our clients. If you need help filing your claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced Minneapolis Social Security Disability attorneys.

Q: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

A: SSI is a way to receive monthly payments from the Social Security Administration if you don’t have a job. The Social Security Administration provides supplemental income each month if you meet certain requirements.

The basic requirements for earning SSI include:

  • You must have a serious, long-term disability that prevents you from working.
  • You must have assets valued at less than $2,000 or $3,000 for a couple (assets are things you own, such as a home, a car, and your bank account).
  • You must have a low income. Currently, the Social Security Administration counts low income as anything under $794 a month, or $1191 a month if you’re married. If you earn wages, the Social Security Administration will only count about half of your income.

If you meet these requirements, you can apply for SSI from the Social Security Administration. However, SSI isn’t the only option for those living with a disability that prevents them from working.

Q: What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

A: SSDI is similar to SSI, but it is a little harder to qualify for. SSDI is a form of insurance, which means you must have worked and paid into your social security trust for a time before you can qualify.

Here are the main requirements for SSDI:

  • You must have a serious, long-term disability that prevents you from working.
  • You must have worked and paid enough into your social security trust to qualify for insurance coverage from the Social Security Administration. You have to have earned Disability Insured Status.

The payments a person receives from SSDI depend on how much they made each year while they were working. To understand if you’re qualified and how much you might be able to earn, you’ll want to check out the Social Security Administration website and create an account.

As you can see, there are some complicated aspects to figuring out whether you qualify for SSI or SSDI. That’s why you should get in touch with a lawyer if you’re struggling. A lawyer can give you the support you need to ensure you’re receiving everything you deserve from the Social Security Administration.

Q: What Is Considered a Disability?

A: People often don’t know whether they qualify for SSI or SSDI because they aren’t sure if they qualify as having a disability.

The Social Security Administration considers five main questions when deciding whether you have a disability or not.

  1. Are you working at a level of Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)? You must make less than the SGA level set by the Social Security Administration to qualify. Currently, SGA is $1,310 a month. SSA calculates this based on gross earnings, regardless of taxes. However, you may get deductions taken out of your income to improve your chances of approval. If you need help determining what deductions you qualify for, a lawyer can help.
  2. Is your condition severe? The Social Security Administration considers a condition severe if it leads to death or results in at least 12 months of sustained difficulty performing basic work tasks. You must prove that you meet the severity requirements to be considered disabled.
  3. Is your condition on Social Security’s List of Impairments? If you have any of the conditions listed on the Social Security Administration List of Impairments, you qualify as disabled. If you don’t, the Social Security Administration will consider the severity of your disability as well as the other questions in this list.
  4. Can you do the same work you did before? If you are no longer able to do the work you did before, you are considered disabled. If you can return to your previous work, you won’t qualify.
  5. Can you do any other type of work? If you can get another job and still earn at the SGA level, you are not eligible for SSDI coverage.

If you meet these requirements, the Social Security Administration will determine that you have a disability that SSDI should cover, as long as you have worked long enough to qualify as Disability Insured. After a year, you will enroll in Medicare to help you with further medical expenses.

Q: How Do I Prove That I Qualify as Disabled?

A: This is where many people struggle the most when filing a claim for SSI or SSDI. While it may seem pretty simple to qualify under the requirements listed above, many people don’t understand what evidence is needed to prove their disability and may fail to adequately show the Social Security Administration their qualifications. This is where a lawyer’s help can really come in handy.

You need evidence to prove your disability.

  • Medical records. You have to show exactly what type of disability you have and how severe it is, but you won’t be able to prove this without medical records with your provider’s assessment of your disability.
  • Medical costs. In Minneapolis, you can deduct things like medical expenses from your gross income, allowing you to more effectively prove that you don’t earn at the level of SGA. You will need to maintain original bills for medical treatments, equipment, and prescriptions, as well as any other costs associated with treating your disability.
  • Documentation of inability to work. It can be challenging to prove that you are unable to return to work. You can get evidence from medical professionals and other experts explaining why you probably can’t get back to work. You should also provide evidence of your change in income and any worker’s compensation you may have received. Without this evidence, it may be hard to qualify for SSI or SSDI.

You can present other evidence to improve the chances that your claim will succeed. Seek guidance from a lawyer to make sure you don’t miss anything. It’s not unusual for new applicants to misunderstand legal terms, file too early or too late, or miss some important evidence in their claim. A lawyer can help you make sure you cover all your bases and get the application in at the right time.

No matter what caused your disability, you need to file your claim as soon as possible. Start the process early so you get the benefits you need before your savings run out. And if you need to appeal your denied claim, you’ll need to get started ASAP, since the appeals process often takes time.

Q: How Do I Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Application?

A: In most states, including Minnesota, you can appeal a denial of your application by the Social Security Administration. You must have all the evidence you need before you file your appeal.

You’ll want to get in touch with an attorney first. That way, you can get help finding any loopholes you missed in your application and gathering the correct evidence to prove that your claim should be approved.

Your lawyers can then request reconsideration from the Social Security Administration. If the Social Security Administration still denies your claim after reconsideration, your attorney can seek a hearing where a third party will preside over your case and hear the evidence you have gathered in your favor. If they still decide against you, your lawyers can take the appeal on to the Social Security Appeals Council and even to federal court.

The process of appealing a Social Security Administration decision can take a long time. Most reconsideration processes take months, which can take a toll on you and your family. Still, don’t hesitate to call us for help with your appeal if you know that you can’t support yourself and your loved ones due to your disability.

Q: How Much Can I Earn from Social Security Disability Benefits?

A: How much a person earns from social security disability benefits varies significantly depending on their past income and other factors determined by the Social Security Administration. You could receive up to $3,148 per month, but the average amount people earn is closer to $1,277.

The Social Security Administration will use your past earnings and how much you would likely earn at full retirement age based on your average yearly earnings. By performing some rather complicated calculations, they will come up with the amount you should be paid per month while you are unable to work.

The Social Security Administration does provide incentives to help people return to work even while on disability. For example, you can use the Trial Work Period to try your hand at a new job for up to nine months without losing any of your benefits. You also have an Extended Period of Eligibility, which allows you to reinstate benefits within 36 months if you find yourself unable to continue with the work you began and earn at the SGA level.

You are always allowed to work part-time while on SSI or SSDI, as long as your income doesn’t exceed the levels set in the eligibility requirements. If you can prove that you don’t make a lot from work, the Social Security Administration will provide benefits for as long as you need them.

Q: Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Help Me with My Social Security Disability Benefits Application?

A: If you struggle to find support after a disabling accident, hiring an attorney is one of the best things you can do. You can see that going through the application process for SSI and SSDI can be stressful and confusing. If you miss important legal requirements or forget certain pieces of evidence, you may be left without help from SSI or SSDI and with no idea how to move forward.

An attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to build a strong claim for your disability benefits. They will gather the evidence you need from medical providers and experts and collect all the bills you paid for medical expenses that could count as deductions against your monthly income.

More than half of all appealed cases end up in a win for the client. If the Social Security Administration denies you disability benefits, your chances of winning your appeal claim are high. All you need is an attorney who can provide you with guidance and support to make sure you collect the evidence and documentation you need.

Attorneys will also have a better chance of presenting a strong claim before the Social Security Administration Council or other third parties who may be hearing your claim. Their experience in court will be beneficial no matter how many appeals you have to make, and especially if you have to go all the way to federal court.

If you aren’t sure how to deal with a denial of your social security disability benefits, don’t hesitate to call our Social Security disability attorneys for help. Reach out to us as soon as you can for a free consultation and to start building your claim.

Contact Our Minneapolis Disability Lawyers Today

If you live in the Twin Cities metro area and your SSDI claim was previously denied, Nicolet Law can help. Our local attorneys can assess your unique situation,  and provide evidence-based insights along the way.

The knowledgeable attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers are just one click or call away. Call 1-855-NICOLET or contact us online to request a free consultation. Our dedicated staff is standing by to schedule your in-person consultation now. Our attorneys are also happy to perform consultations over the phone or via video chat. Just be sure to share your preferences with our team.

Concerned about the cost of hiring a good attorney? Our disability clients can rest easy knowing they won’t pay unless we win a judgment in their favor. We like to call this the Nicolet Guarantee. We pride ourselves on providing trusted, tailored, and affordable legal representation to our clients, and we promise to pursue the best possible outcomes for you and your loved ones.



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