When most of us think of the term, “Social Security,” we think of the retirement benefits that may or may not be there when we need them. In fact, the term “Social Security” actually refers to the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program, a federal program. Social Security law encompasses all aspects of the Social Security Act. This includes medical and cash benefits for the blind and otherwise disabled; benefits for those with extremely low income; minor children of deceased parents; and those that are unemployed.
Social Security Lawyers work to get their clients the benefits they should receive from all of the applicable programs. Most of the focus is on Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Widows' or Widowers' Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to those who have worked the requisite time, paid FICA taxes and now through injury or illness, are unable to work and earn an income. The SSD application process is long and arduous; but, if granted, SSD provides medical benefits and monthly payments for life, so long as the person remains disabled.