Feb 5 2020

What benefits are available from the Social Security Administration?

Social Security benefits are confusing. There are several different types of benefits. Here is some information on each type of benefit:


This program pays monthly benefits to people with disabilities that meet certain criteria of the Social Security Administration. Eligibility for Social Security disability is based on prior work under Social Security, and the applicant has to meet the definition of disability. Most applicants are denied with their first application.


Supplemental Security Income is a program that pays benefits to the blind and disabled who do not own much property or who do not have very much income coming into their household. Once the medical criteria are met, payments under this program are made on the basis of financial need.


A widow/widower who is age 50 or older and who is disabled may qualify for benefits on a spouse’s account.


There is a program for children (under age of 18) who suffer disabilities. If your child has a medically determinable impairment or combination of impairments that are severe, he or she may qualify for benefits, although other criteria must be met as well in order to receive benefits.

What if I am denied?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income is complicated. Applicants are often denied. There are important deadlines and numerous forms that must be completed to appeal this denial. An individual suffering from a disabling condition can easily become frustrated with the process. It is very important that you have an experienced representative help you with your appeal.

If you or someone you know have questions about the area of Social Security Disability, contact our office at 888-694-5515 or email our non-attorney advocate Catherine T. Wyatt at cat@poissonlaw.com. Catherine has been helping citizens of Southeastern North Carolina with disability appeals for many years and is compassionate and knowledgeable.