FAQs About Social Security Disability
At Daisley Law Offices, P.C., we understand that people have many questions when dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are answers to some of the questions that I am asked most often.
Can you help me with an application?
Yes, we can. Our firm offers its skill and experience to help those who are applying for SSD or SSI benefits in the filing of an application.
How do I know if I qualify for Social Security benefits?
Unless your condition is extreme, it is difficult to predict who is qualified to receive disability benefits from the SSA. The real question is, “do you believe you are disabled?” Has your illness or injury had such a dramatic impact on your life that you can no longer work or enjoy your personal life? If so, then you should pursue disability benefits.
What if I apply for Social Security benefits and my application is denied?
The majority of people who file for disability benefits are initially denied. This does not mean that you will not be eventually granted disability benefits. Many people who were initially denied do eventually receive benefits at some later point in the process such as at a hearing or appeal. The process for determining the validity of a claim has many steps. Our attorney can explain the entire process and all options to you.
How can a Lawyer help?
Often one of the major hurdles that people have if they are preparing their own applications for benefits is the fact that they are very likely to be unfamiliar with the way in which the SSA expects information to be submitted. Our attorney is very familiar with how to present medical evidence to the SSA to create a finding of disabled. Further, the steps beyond the initial application involve hearings, filings and deadlines. An error at any of these steps can cause serious delays or an outright denial of benefits. Our firm has helped clients through every step of the disability benefits claim process from initial application to federal appeals.
What will happen at my hearing?
You and your attorney will appear before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Hearings are relatively informal compared with a hearing in a criminal or civil court. You will be asked to testify about a number of issues regarding your health and issues that may help the judge define your disability. There may be expert witnesses. A decision will not be given at the end of the hearing. Expect a decision to arrive several weeks later.
When should I apply and how long will it take for a decision?
You should apply as soon as you are no longer able to work because of your illness. There is no benefit to waiting or requirement that you wait. Expect a decision generally in three to six months, although it can take longer depending on the completeness of the work and medical history that is provided, and the level of investigation that is required in your individual case.