Questions We Often Receive About Social Security Disability Benefits
Find answers to common questions about Social Security Disability below:
How do I apply for Social Security benefits?
You can apply online on the Social Security website, https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/, call the agency, or visit your local Social Security office. If you choose to visit the office, make sure to call and make an appointment beforehand to avoid long wait times. Contact our office for more personalized recommendations.
What if my Social Security Disability claim is denied?
Don’t be discouraged. Most first-time Social Security disability applications are denied. You can and should file an appeal of your denial within sixty (60) days. You can increase your chances of success on appeal by gathering and providing additional evidence of your disabilities. if the request to reconsider your application is denied, you may request a hearing before an administrative law judge. To increase your chances of a successful appeal and hearing contact attorney Solange McDaniel, an experienced Social Security attorney, and her staff. With her experience and advocacy on your side on appeal and at your administrative hearing, you are much more likely to succeed than if you attempt to appeal on your own.
How will the Social Security Administration determine whether I qualify for disability benefits?
If you can document and prove that you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working full-time for a year or longer, the Social Security Administration will consider you disabled. You also need to have paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years before you are eligible for SSDI. If your disabling condition is terminal, you may qualify regardless of how long your life expectancy is expected to be.
Is Social Security Disability available to me if I have never worked before?
No, but if you have low income and few assets, or are blind, you may qualify for a different program known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Ask a Social Security lawyer at Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP, for help documenting your income and resources and to see if you qualify for SSI. .
Can I work while receiving Social Security Disability benefits?
You may still be able to draw disability benefits while working if you are working part-time, earning up to $1,350 a month (as of 2022).
What is a typical Social Security Disability appeals process like?
When you file an initial appeal, you are asking the Social Security Administration to reconsider your case. If the reconsideration is not successful, you you may request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If the judge denies your application, then you may need to file an appeal before the Social Security Appeals Council. If you are still unsuccessful, you may take your claim to federal court.
Applicants often need to file at least a reconsideration and appeal and appear before an administrative law judge before their application is approved. If you are approved, your benefits may be back-dated to the date of your original application, or even to the date when you first became disabled.
What Else Would You Like To Know About Social Security Disability?
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