Social Security Disability Guidance You Can Depend On
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a benefit that many people need to survive, but it is also notoriously hard to get. Many people make the mistake of trying to acquire these benefits on their own, but success is much more likely with help from an attorney who knows the disability application and appeal process and the law, and who has built relationships with the government agencies and employees who handle disability claims and award benefits.
At the Law Office of Bainbridge D. Testa, PLLC, you can find a bilingual legal team committed to helping clients throughout Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Attorney Bainbridge Testa has been practicing law for decades and has developed extensive experience in how to help his clients effectively and efficiently.
Who Qualifies For SSI Or SSDI Benefits?
Not everyone can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Being disabled is not enough to qualify for SSI benefits; you must also have less than $2,000 in the bank ($3,000 for a married couple) and meet additional income and asset criteria to qualify. To obtain SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough and recently enough (at least 5 years in the last 10) to be eligible for benefits. Also, both benefit programs require that your disability has lasted (or is expected to last) at least one year. Having an attorney who knows what it takes to qualify for SSI and/or SSDI will significantly increase your chances of being awarded disability benefits.
The Help You Deserve
Attorney Testa can assist you through all areas of SSD applications, including:
- Application completion
- Continuing disability review
- Federal district court matters
Attorney Testa is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and the National Association of Disability Representatives. These memberships give him a unique insight into what to look for while building your application or appeal for SSD.
Do Not Give Up
The vast majority of initial applications for SSD end in denial, but that does not mean that the denial is the end of things. Attorney Testa can help you fight a denial with an appeal and continue the fight by exploring all possible options to secure the benefits you need.