Lewiston Disability Attorney
In Lewiston, Maine, you may suddenly face a serious disability and be unable to work for a living a collect a paycheck. Or you may have little to no assets and no income, but a disability has sidelined you. In either case, you may be entitled to receive disability benefits from the government. However, it can be a difficult ordeal. You may not know where to begin or what to do if your claim is denied.
Lewiston disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein have put together a list of questions to help you get started. If you need help right away, call us at our Lewiston office or stop by. We are located at 157 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. Your consultation is always free. We enjoy talking to disabled people about their rights and options.
FAQs for those who are disabled in Lewiston
- I recently became disabled but have been taking care of children at home. What should I do?
- Should I file a workers’ compensation claim or a disability claim?
- Where does the money for my benefits come from?
If you haven’t worked in a job covered by Social Security for a certain amount of time, you won’t be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. But you do have options. You can seek Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This is a program that offers cash and medical benefits to disabled people with limited income and limited resources.
You may be eligible for both workers’ comp (through your employer) and Social Security disability, a program administered by the federal government. If you were disabled in a work accident, you likely were entitled to workers’ compensation. But if those benefits run out, you may be entitled to disability benefits. We recommend that you file for disability as soon as possible, even if you are receiving workers’ comp. By taking swift action, you can avoid a possible gap in payments.
Workers and employers pay a tax that goes into the Disability Insurance Trust Fund. The federal government uses these funds to pay benefits to people. If you were eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits because you did not pay into Social Security, your benefits come from U.S. Treasury general funds. SSI is not funded by payroll taxes.