If you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition in Bartlesville, you may be entitled to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, just because you have a qualifying medical disability does not mean that you will automatically qualify for disability benefits. Most people receive rejection notices when they first apply for the benefits. You might only access the benefits upon filing an appeal and fighting hard for them. 

Applying for social security benefits can be a daunting and frustrating process, especially if you are trying to recover from an injury. It is advisable to hire an experienced Bartlesville social security attorney to guide you through the process and safeguard your rights.

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

There are two main types of social security benefits available to people who are disabled and can no longer work:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly abbreviated as SSDI
  • Supplemental Security Income, commonly abbreviated as SSI 

The Social Security Administration administers both programs. The two programs have different eligibility criteria, but both require a qualifying medical disability. The two programs also provide varying levels of financial benefits. 

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

These benefits are available to people who were once employed and have contributed to the social security system long enough to qualify for disability insurance. To be eligible, the applicant must have a medically disabling condition that prevents them from working. The condition could either be physical or mental and must be expected to last for at least one year or a lifetime. 

The SSDI benefits are also available to disabled persons who are dependents of insured persons. The disabled person’s children and spouse are eligible to collect auxiliary benefits. 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

These benefits are available to people who have never been employed and have limited assets and income. They are also available to people who were employed but had not worked long enough to qualify for the SSDI. The SSI benefits provide monetary benefits to cover basic needs like food, housing, and clothing.

How Much You Can Receive Through Social Security Benefits

The amount of Social Security Disability benefits available depends on a person’s lifetime average earnings covered under the social security system. Most disabled persons in Oklahoma receive benefits ranging between $700 and $1,700 per month. 

When you submit a disability claim, the claim examiners from the social security local district office review the application and determine whether you qualify for SSDI benefits. The case is then sent to the Disability Determination Division and the examiners there will evaluate whether you have a qualifying medical disability based on the medical evidence you provide, among other factors

Applications for social security benefits require many supporting documents. Inconsistency or failing to provide some documents could lead to claim denial. A social security attorney will help you ensure that your application complies with all the requirements. If you need assistance in applying for social security benefits in Bartlesville, we invite you to contact the Social Security Law Center. For many years, we have helped Bartlesville residents access SSDI and SSI benefits conveniently.