Benefits for People with Disabilities. Paulette F. Balin & Associates, LLC (“Balin Law”) represents clients in their pursuit of benefits from various federal programs that assist people with disabilities. Most of Balin Law’s clients file applications for benefits under the following programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance. The Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSD”) program pays benefits to individuals who worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
- Supplemental Security Income. The Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Individuals do not need to have worked a certain amount of time prior to becoming disabled in order to qualify for this benefit.
- Disabled Widow(er)’s Benefits. If something happens to a worker, benefits may be payable to their widow, widower or surviving divorced spouse with a disability if the following conditions are met: (i) he or she is between ages 50 and 60, (ii) their condition meets the definition of disability for adults, and (iii) the disability started before or within seven years of the worker’s death.
- Disabled Adult Child’s Benefits. An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child’s benefits (“DAC”) if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. Social Security considers this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. The “adult child”—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild—must be unmarried, age 18 or older, and have a disability that started before age 22.
- Auxiliary and Survivor Benefits. SSD benefits available to a disabled worker’s children, spouse, and other dependents or to his or her survivors in the event of the disabled worker’s death.
- After Death Claims for SSD. Many types of family members can be beneficiaries to an SSD claim, and any of them can file a claim or continue an open claim after the applicant’s death. The order in which Social Security will pay SSD benefits to the beneficiaries is complicated, but in general, payments will be made to: the surviving spouse, surviving children, surviving parents, and the legal representative of the deceased’s estate.
- After Death Claims for SSI. If a deceased person had already filed an SSI claim but the Social Security had not made a decision at the time of the claimant’s death, the deceased’s spouse can pursue the claim.
- Areas of Expertise. We serve many disability types including, but not limited to: Anxiety, Arthritis, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Cirrhosis/Liver Disease, Chronic Pain, COPD/Emphysema, Degenerative Disc Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease/Attack/Failure, Insomnia, Kidney Disease, Lupus, Migraines/Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Neuropathy, Sciatica, Scleroderma, Seizures, Spinal Stenosis, Stroke, and more. Contact Us or call us today toll free at 866-492-2546 to get your questions answered!