There are two types of Social Security benefits available.  Regular disability benefits (SSDI) are benefits based upon the money you have paid into the Social Security system.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for disabled persons that have limited assets and do not qualify for regular benefits.  Your ability to collect either type of benefit depends upon your being disabled under the Social Security law.  The test for determining disability varies depending upon what your doctors say about your physical or mental limitations, your age, your education and the type of work you have done in the past.

Despite what you may have heard (or what your relatives/friends may have told you) it is not easy to get Social Security benefits.  You must be patient and diligent because the Social Security Administration denies the vast majority of claims at the first and second level.  Generally speaking, a claimant will be denied on his or her initial application.  Once you get that turn down you have only sixty (60) days to file a request for reconsideration.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REQUEST RECONSIDERATION WITHIN THE SIXTY (60) DAY TIME PERIOD IF YOU THINK YOU ARE DISABLED.  Your request for reconsideration will likely be denied also and you will then have sixty days to request a hearing before a Social Security judge.

If you are serious about getting Social Security benefits, I urge you to contact me as soon as possible once you receive your notification that your request for reconsideration has been denied.  I WILL BE GLAD TO DISCUSS YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIM WITH YOU AT NO CHARGE TO YOU!  Hearings before a Social Security judge can be tricky for an unrepresented claimant because the hearings often deal with legal issues and issues related to the admissibility and/or collection of evidence.