Top Disability Terms in SSDI and SSI Cases
Social Security Disability Lawyer in Tulsa OK Defines Common Phrases, Terms and Abbreviations
Our Tulsa disability attorneys understand how complicated the Supplement Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process can be. When filling out paperwork or reading information about benefits, some words may be unfamiliar.
With this in mind, below is a glossary of commonly used terms by the Social Security Administration (SSA) when describing disability benefits.
Disability Terms to Know
When you are appealing a benefit decision, you may have a hearing before an ALJ, who can award you benefits.
The date you claim your inability to work began used to determine retroactive back pay, which is discussed below.
When applying for benefits, you will receive a letter from the SSA explaining its determination of your eligibility. If the agency determines that you are not eligible SSDI, an appeals process exists that includes hearings before ALJs and an Appeals Council.
To receive SSDI, you must complete and sign an initial application. On the application, the SSA will ask you questions about your functionality and your disabilities, and it may require verification or evidence of your condition.
A letter that verifies the amount an individual receives each month in benefits, usually sent at the request of a beneficiary.
The term used to describe the person seeking Social Security benefits.
A medical exam that the SSA may require to process a benefit claim.
Social Security recipients may receive a cost-of-living adjustment or raise in benefits based on inflation.
When you work, you earn credits that count toward your eligibility for future Social Security benefits, including SSDI.
The letter generated by the SSA informing you of a benefit decision.
The maximum amount of benefits paid to an entire family on a worker’s record.
The tax that is withheld from paychecks for funding Social Security and Medicare programs.
Earnings used to determine benefit amounts including:
- Earned Income – Wages and money from self–employment, royalties, honoraria and sheltered workshop payments
- Unearned Income – Such as Social Security benefits, pensions, state disability payments and unemployment benefits
- In–Kind Income – Income considered to be for food or shelter that you get for free or less than fair market value
- Deemed Income – From a spouse, parent or sponsor, which could be used to compute benefits
Many conditions are listed in a manual known as the “Blue Book,” which contains information for about processes through which disability determinations are decided.
The maximum amount of earnings the SSA can count in any calendar year when computing benefits totals.
A wage earner or person who earns Social Security credits.
The SSA’s retirement program that is separate from SSDI and SSI—this can be confusing, as the program is often referred to simply as “Social Security.”
The day on which your payments are allotted each month depends on different factors. To view the SSA’s payment schedule, you can click here.
Source of information Social Security employees use to process claims for benefits.
Documents submitted by individuals applying for benefits and services, including birth certificates, marriage certificates, W2 forms, tax returns and deeds. Most documents must be original copies or certified.
If someone is unable to handle their own financial affairs, the SSA may appoint a relative, a friend or an interested party to handle payments.
To determine back pay, the SSA uses criteria including the date at which you were disabled, the application date and the waiting period, which is the period that takes place between when you apply.
These benefits are available to low-income individuals who have not worked or do not have credits. If you are not eligible for SSDI, this may be an option for you.
Benefits paid to widows, children and parents for people who died after earning sufficient work credits.
Reach Out to Our Tulsa SSDI Attorneys If You Have Questions about Disability Benefits
For more information and a free evaluation, call (918) 587-0050 or fill out the case review form today. Our Tulsa SSDI lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect money unless we succeed in obtaining you benefits. Our attorney fees are regulated by the SSA and come only from the past-due disability benefits we recover on your behalf. All future monthly payments are yours to keep!