A recent article in the Baltimore Sun told the story of one disability benefits applicant who waited far longer than most to receive his answer from the Social Security Administration (SSA). After nearly a decade of battling in and out of court, Jim Nicholas received $206,000 in disability benefits from the SSA.
Nicholas first applied for disability benefits when he found out he suffered from heart failure in 2003. He and his wife Yvonne fought for a decade to get him the benefits he so desperately needed. They waded for years through denials and delays.
The problem was not that the SSA did not believe Nicholas was too ill to work. Originally, the SSA approved Nicholas for a $500 monthly payment through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program that awards smaller payments to applicants who live below the poverty line. He was denied benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which pays an average of $1,111 per month and is based on work history and payment of taxes into the SSA.
Nicholas and his wife pressed on, although they had nearly given up hope of ever seeing benefits. They had to move in with relatives; they lost their business and Yvonne could only work part time so she could care for her husband. Fortunately, the benefits Joe Nicholas ultimately received will help him pay his medical bills and hopefully live comfortably.
If you are applying for disability benefits, the process can be confusing and frustrating. Contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney today to help you navigate through the process and get the help you need and deserve. We offer free consultations and you can reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.