50 year old male with heart problem, back, etc. Unable to work. Can a legal aid lawyer help me, or give advice. I am on Medicaid. paid into SS very little. Can I still get SSD or SSI even if it is very little money. Thank you
You can apply for both programs at the same time by visiting your local Social Security office, pulling a number, and completing an application for disability benefits with a worker. An application for SSI is also, automatically, an application for SSDI so you can knock both out at the same time if you do it in person. You can also apply for just SSDI online at www.ssa.gov. To apply for SSI you must either do it in person at a local Social Security office or you can call Social Security 1-800-772-1213 and set up a phone appointment for a worker to call you and take your application over the phone for SSI. If you want an attorney to guide you through the process of applying for Social Security disabilty benefits, you can use the "find a lawyer" feature here on AVVO or you can try the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representative's (NOSSCR) lawyer referal serivce at www.nosscr.org.
I agree with the prior answer and, since lawyers don't get paid until they win your case, you need not be concerned with seeking a legal aid attorney or other free counsel.
answers to questions are for general purposes only and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Additionally, some Legal Aid offices can provide assistance only if you meet certain criteria due to funding and grant requirements. For example, a local Legal Aid office here in Tennessee can only assist with cases that will not result in past due benefits.
This response is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. This information is not meant and should not be construed to be the formation of an attorney client relationship. I practice Social Security Disability law in Tennessee.
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