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Social Security Disability

For many, Social Security disability benefits provide a financial lifeline for those who can no longer work to due disability. These benefits include monthly payments and Medical insurance benefits (including Medicare or Medicaid) that provide compensation to those who are totally disabled from performing any substantial gainful activity (SGA) or work of any kind.  Benefits can be obtained through two related programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration and both have the same medical qualifications; however, there are additional non-medical qualifications that are different for each program. 

Social Security Disability Insurance is available to those who are under 65 years of age and have worked long and consistently enough to meet a required number of “work credits” or earned quarters— that is, they have worked a minimum number of years (usually 5 of the last 10 years prior to when they last worked) during which they paid Social Security income taxes (commonly known as FICA).  Essentially, those who receive SSDI benefits are being paid back the benefits that they “paid into the system” by working and having their income taxed.  On the other hand, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to individuals who have never worked or have not worked long or consistently enough to earn enough quarters for SSDI benefits.  Those who receive SSI benefits are paid a set amount out of a fund established by the federal government, regardless of how long they have worked or paid into the system.  Unlike SSDI benefits, those who apply for SSI cannot qualify for benefits if their income, assets or resources (or those of their spouse or other family member that lives with or helps support them) exceeds a certain maximum amount (the “threshold” amount). 

Both programs have identical medical requirements. A physical or mental impairment (or combination of impairments) must be severe—that is, it must have more than a minimal impact on a person’s ability to do work—and it must last or be expected to last 12 consecutive months (1 year) or more.  Although it seems straightforward, SSDI and SSI benefits are getting increasingly more difficult to obtain as many claimants are denied more than once before receiving benefits.  If you have already applied for benefits and been denied, you have a limited period of time to appeal- 60 days from the date of the denial letter, plus five (5) additional days for mailing, so time is always crucial if a denial has been received, or you may have to start the process over. 

An experienced disability lawyer who is familiar with Social Security’s rules, regulations, and procedures can assist you and your family through this complex, and often frustrating process.  Baldwin & Briscoe can assist you whether you are filing an initial application or appealing a denial.  Please call today for a no-cost consultation; Social Security cases are handled on a contingency basis so you pay no money out-of-pocket and we do not collect any fees unless we win. 


Workers' Compensation
Being injured at work is stressful enough.  The process of filing and pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is even more stressful, especially if you’re not familiar with the workers’ compensation laws and what you, as the worker, are entitled to receive for your injury.  Workers’ Compensation is a program of legally established benefits that injured workers are entitled to receive from their employer (usually through an insurance carrier selected by the employer) when they are injured in the course of their employment; unlike most other personal injury matters, a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is NOT a lawsuit against the employer and the worker is NOT required to establish fault or liability in order to collect benefits.  As long as they were injured in the course of employment (with a few limited exceptions) they are entitled to various monetary and other benefits.  Most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, and even if they work for an employer that does not provide such coverage, they are still entitled to the same benefits.  However, there are certain steps and requirements that the worker must fulfill before they can claim and receive the benefits and preserve their rights for future benefits, such as providing notice of the injury to the employer within a specified time frame after the injury occurs (which is usually explained when the worker is first hired). 

There are two types of workers’ compensation claims in Maryland:  Accidental Injuries and Occupational Diseases.  An accidental injury claim is the “garden variety” type of claim that most people think of when they hear the words “Workers’ Compensation-“ in this type of claim a person is injured at a specific, defined time and place, within the course of their employment, and they know the moment that they become injured.  These types of claim are generally first reported to the Employer at or around the time they occur so they can be put on notice. 

An Occupational Disease claim, on the other hand, is a more complicated type of workers’ compensation claim and can be difficult to establish.  In this type of claim, a person has suffered an injury, illness or condition as a result of a continued and often long-time exposure to a condition in the workplace that brings about the injury.  A common example of such a claim is someone who develops carpal tunnel syndrome in their hands and wrists after years of constant typing and using their hands to complete work tasks. 

Regardless of the type of claim you have, there is a time limit to file a claim form with the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.  For an accidental injury case, an employee needs to file a claim within two years of the accidental injury, and for an occupational disease the claim must be filed within two years of the date of disability (or discovery of disability) or the claim may be forever barred.  This Claim Form still must be filed even if the employer and their insurance company have voluntarily paid some benefits, or the right to future benefits could be jeopardized. 

There are generally four types of benefits available to injured workers under the Workers’ Compensation Statute: 

Medical benefits: payment of medical bills for treatment related to the work injury.

Temporary total disability: payment of “lost wages” for all time missed from work due to the work injury.

Vocational Rehabilitation: assistance finding new work if the employee can’t return to their job or similar work due to their work injury.

Permanent Disability: monetary compensation for permanent impairment (total or partial) suffered as a result of the work injury.

The process of applying for and obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing and complicated. The workers’ compensation insurance company will have a trained staff of adjustors and lawyers working to minimize the payout they will have to make.  You, as the injured worker, are entitled to your rights and benefits and you should have the best legal representation possible to maximize the benefits you are entitled to receive. 

Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C. can be there to help.  Call today to set up a no-cost consultation.  Workers’ Compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis so you do not pay anything out of pocket, and no fees are collected unless you obtain money through an award/judgment or settlement.  

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Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr., Esq.

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