Reitan Law Office

Minnesota Social Security Disability Lawyer

Disability is devastating because it means you are in pain and/or experiencing extreme emotional distress. This, in turn, makes it impossible to work. If you can’t work, you cannot have an income to pay your bills. Even if your spouse brings in an income, it may not be enough to support you both and/or your children. Fortunately, the Social Security administration has made both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to help those unable to work receive an income that can pay their bills, clothe them, and put food in their mouths.


You earn SSDI when you are 31 and over and have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years. If you are under 31, the amount of work time is adjusted because of age and the fact that many individuals do not work until adulthood. If you were to become disabled and you paid federal income tax while you worked, it is ideal to speak to an SSDI lawyer so that it can be determined whether or not you are eligible for benefits.

The main factor that determines your eligibility is the type of disability you have. The Social Security Administration keeps a list of disabilities and checks to see if yours is on that list. If so, your chances of approval are increased. Nonetheless, it must be proven that the disability keeps you from working. A vocational expert may be brought into your SSDI hearing to suggest possible jobs that you could perform, but they are purely hypothetical. Your attorney will explain why they are not feasible. Do not be surprised, however, if you are denied in the first phase. Most individuals are approved after they appeal. Once you are approved, you will be notified of when your benefits will begin and that your Medicare will begin two years later.


SSI is similar to SSDI in that it is for those who are disabled and unable to work. However, SSI can be awarded to those who have not worked or they have not worked enough years to claim SSDI. Again, there is the qualifying list of disabilities and a person may be denied in the first phase, but will most likely be approved after appealing the denial.

Other Benefits

There are other benefits available to individuals, such as those extended to disabled children or the children of disabled parents. When a parent is unable to work, they cannot support themselves and their children. When awarded SSDI or SSI, they may also be provided benefits for their children since the amount of the parent’s disability payments is not enough to support more than one person.

Contact A Mankato & Chaska SSDI Lawyer

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are benefits provided by the Social Security Administration that are designed to help you when you are disabled and unable to work. Disability can be devastating for the rest of your life and that is why it is important to hire an SSDI lawyer who can help you through the entire process and reduce the stress as much as possible. To find out more, you can contact the Reitan Law Office by calling the Mankato office at 507-388-1800, the Chaska office at 952-448-2800, or by filling out the contact form on this page with your information so you can schedule a free case evaluation.