If you suffer from neck pain and neck problems, you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Depending on the nature of your neck pain and neck problems, you could qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Our team can help you file your initial application or walk you through the process of filing an appeal. Berger and Green is here for you. You can start exploring your options today.
Understanding the Different Types of Social Security Disability Benefits
There are two types of Social Security Disability benefits for which you may qualify: SSI and SSDI. Both of these programs seek to provide benefits to people who cannot maintain gainful employment. However, the requirements are different for each program.
SSI Is Based on Your Financial Assets
SSI is for people with disabilities whose financial assets fall below a certain threshold. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a qualifying individual cannot have more than $2,000 in “countable resources.” If they are married, they cannot have more than $3,000 in assets as a couple.
Many things that you own do not count towards this financial threshold. This includes things like your house, car, personal belongings, and burial plot. When you submit your application, the SSA will need to determine whether you have a disability and whether your resources fall below the specified limits. If you meet both of these requirements, you could be eligible to receive cash benefits and other services.
SSDI Is Based on Your Work History
SSDI does not take into consideration your financial assets. Instead, it takes into account your work history. Per the SSA, you get one work credit for every $1,470 that you make, and you can earn up to four credits a year. You could be eligible for SSDI if you have a minimum of 20 credits.
If you do not have enough work credits, you could still be eligible for benefits, depending on your age.
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Questions and Answers about the SSI and SSDI Application Process
Our team understands that applying for benefits can be a stressful, confusing experience. Through the years, clients have frequently come to us asking the same questions. We have compiled some of those questions with their corresponding answers below.
Do Neck Pain and Neck Problems Qualify Someone for SSD Benefits?
Without discussing your situation, we cannot tell whether the SSA will approve your application for benefits. However, we can explain how the SSA defines “disability.”
The SSA has a document called the Blue Book of Impairments. There are dozens of impairments listed in this book, and each disability is further categorized based on varying degrees of impairment. When determining whether you should get benefits, the SSA will look at the medical documentation you provided and see if it is included in the Blue Book.
If it is not included, they may find an impairment similar to yours and approve your application.
What if the Claimant Heals from Their Nneck Injury?
Just because you are approved for disability benefits does not mean that you have to stay on it for the rest of your life. You can receive benefits as long as your condition is expected to last for a year or result in your passing.
If you make a full recovery from your condition, you will receive benefits for nine months after you return to work. If you find that you cannot return to your job, your SSA can reevaluate your benefits.
How Much Someone Could Get in Benefits
This depends on your situation. For instance, your monthly checks for SSDI will be determined based on your previous earning history. For SSI, however, this amount changes from year to year. Per the SSA, for 2021, qualifying individuals can get $794 a month and qualifying couples can get $1,191 a month.
What Happens if an Application is Denied?
You have the right to file an appeal if your application for benefits is denied. In fact, most people have to go through the appeals process, as the SSA says that it denies 63 percent of initial applications. Essentially, the SSA will need to see that your disability is so serious that it keeps you from being able to work.
Our team can guide you through the appeals process while you focus on your health and loved ones. This can be a complicated process, but we can be with you through every step.
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If you still want to know about getting Social Security Disability for neck pain and neck problems, call Berger and Green. We can review your application for completion, explain what evidence could help your case, and represent you in court, if necessary.
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