Social Security Disability FAQs

What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability is a government program designed to provide disabled people with compensation so that they can live a substantive life. In order to qualify for social security disability, you must have been a working citizen and pay social security tax for a specific period of time prior to becoming disabled. (Read more here)

When should I begin the application process for getting my social security disability?

If you are injured or you believe that you will be unable to work for one year or more, you should begin the application process as soon as possible. You are able to file for social security disability the day you are disabled. Often times a hospital worker can assist you with getting in contact with the Social Security Administration.

Why do I need a social security disability lawyer?

Although anybody is able to apply for social security disability and appeal any decision made about their application, hiring an experienced social security disability lawyer can make a huge difference in gaining social security disability benefits in a timely manner. It has been shown that people who hire a social security disability lawyer to help them with the application and appeal process have a greater chance at receiving social security disability.

What is the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability?

According to the Social Security Administration, a person who is disabled is unable to obtain substantial gainful activity or employment because they are either mentally or physically impaired for a period no less than 12 months. If you have a disability, but you are still able to earn $700 per month, you will generally be unable to receive social security disability.

What can I do if I am denied social security disability benefits after I apply?

Many people are denied social security disability the first time they apply. However, if you are denied your social security disability, you can appeal the decision. The appeals process would continue in an appeals court.

Although you are able to defend yourself in the social security disability appeal process, you are much more likely to gain your social security disability if you hire an experienced social security disability lawyer.

What happens if I win my social security disability appeal?

If you win your social security disability appeal, the judge will award you the social security disability benefits that you would have been receiving from the point at which they determine you were disabled. Depending on how long you have been disabled and how long the appeals process has taken, this amount can be substantial.

If you or a loved one has been denied social security disability, contact DeMayo Law Offices, L.L.P. ® and schedule your free initial consultation.

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