Serving the St. Paul suburbs and Greater Minnesota with the Social Security Disability Process

Are you unable to work due to physical disability or mental illness? Minnesota Social Security Disability Insurance Attorney Gregg Nelson is here to help, whether you are applying for benefits or appealing a denial. With most other firms, you are just a number — you may not even meet your attorney until months after you have begun the process. That is not how we operate. Your very first meeting will be with attorney Gregg Nelson, and from that point through case resolution, we will take great care of you every step of the way.

Disability Defined

The Social Security Administration defines disability as an inability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s). The impairment(s) must be expected to result in death or have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Two Different Programs

The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to medical conditions that are expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Benefits are paid through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program. Eligibility requirements are different for the two programs. An individual can receive both types of benefits if the eligibility requirements are met.

Social Security Disability Income provides benefits to individuals who are "insured" by earnings-based contributions to the Social Security trust fund pursuant to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). Supplemental Security Income, on the other hand, is an assistance program for aged, blind, and disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income depends on income and resources — not on how recently or how long the individual worked. The federal government funds Supplemental Security Income from general tax revenues, not from the Social Security trust fund.