We typically think of Social Security Disability Insurance as the most important safety net available to disabled San Diego workers, but it is even more than that. SSDI and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) both provide needed monthly income to disabled children and to adults who have been disabled since childhood.
A Social Security Administration spokesperson recently wrote that "to qualify for children’s benefits under the SSDI program, the applicant must be the child of a parent entitled to benefits and meet Social Security’s strict definition of disability." That means the claimant must be able to document that they have a disabling physical or mental condition expected to last at least a year.
In addition, SSI provides financial help to disabled and blind children living in low-income households. Again, they must be able to document a disabling condition expected to last 12 months or more.
So there is hope for much-needed financial assistance for disabled children, but as we know, the Social Security Administration has rigorous standards. It routinely rejects nearly two-thirds of SSDI applications.
For disabled San Diego adults and children, that rejection is disheartening. But it is not the final word on whether or not you can receive SSDI benefits. You have the right to appeal the rejection, and you can do so with the help of an attorney experienced in administrative law hearings.
The Law Office of Jennifer Zorrilla is devoted to helping people appeal SSDI and SSI decisions so that they can get the benefits they need and deserve. Please see the San Diego SSDI Claims Denial Lawyer for more information.