Tampa Social Security disability benefits provide critical financial assistance to workers who’ve been severely compromised by injury or illness. According to the Social Security Act, a worker would be defined as disabled if he or she no longer could “engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determined physical or mental impairment.” That impairment must be expected to result in that person’s death or inability to work for not less than 12 months.
In addition to collecting Social Security disability benefits, you may also get cash through a program called Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. (If you do collect SSI, however, it may have implications for your Medicare benefits.) Typically, if you get social security disability for two years, your Medicare coverage can kick in for additional benefits after two years.
Critical Details about Social Security Disability
- You may receive workers comp benefits simultaneously – In fact, if you are already on workers comp, and you discover that you will likely be out for 12+ months due to your injury/illness, file for benefits as soon as possible to avoid gaps in your coverage.
- You don’t have to wait to file for benefits – If you become critically or chronically disabled, and your physician thinks that you will be out of work for at least a year, get this coverage as soon as you feel physically up to the task. Again, you want to avoid any gaps in coverage.
- Applying is easy – You can apply at the local Tampa social security office in person, or you can have a telephone interview to get your claim started.
- How much you will get – Your total benefits will depend on a variety of factors, including the amount you’ve worked to-date and the amount you’ve earned. If you are a widow or a widower, your benefits will hinge on how much your deceased spouse collected and worked in his/her life.
- No need to wait until sick leave runs out – If you are on sick leave from your job, and you are diagnosed with a severe illness that might merit social security disability, get the paperwork started right away – do not wait until you’ve exhausted your sick leave.
- Short-term/partial disability is not covered – Other programs can assist you if you have a short-term disability. These programs include workers compensation.
Critical Assistance with Tampa Social Security Benefits Questions
If you’ve been wrongfully denied benefits, you may not have the energy or knowledge to take on the system. Fortunately, you don’t need to. Turn to the battle-proven and compassionate attorneys at Farah & Farah for immediate assistance. Call the toll-free hotline, 855-797-9899, or connect with a member of the legal team through farahandfarah.com.