Social Security Disability

Do you believe that you are unable to work?  Are you currently treating with a physician or other health care worker?  If you answer yes to these questions, then you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

There are several types of disability benefits:

  • If you have worked 5 of the last 10 years, then you may qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits.
  • If you are over 50 and your spouse died in the last 7 years, you may qualify for Widows Benefits.
  • If you are unable to work and have limited financial resources, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits.
  • If you or your child have serious impairments which interfere with your ability to perform activities of daily living, you or your child may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Contact us on our website or call us at 877-230-5500 to talk about whether you may be eligible for any benefits.

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