Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits

At Social Security Disability Attorney, P.L.L.C., we welcome all your questions regarding Social Security entitlements and need-based programs. The following are commonly asked questions:

How does Social Security Disability Insurance differ from Supplemental Security Income?

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an entitlement program funded by workers who have contributed to the Social Security system. The eligibility criteria are based on the claimant having accumulated a sufficient number of work credits. The payment amount depends on the claimant’s earnings. The claimant must have a disabling medical condition, as defined by Social Security. When eligible for SSDI benefits, you are also eligible for Medicare for a 44 month qualifying period.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a need-based program for low-income persons that have never worked or have minimal income and resources. The claimants must have a medical condition that meets the federal definition of disabled. If approved, they are eligible for the Medicaid federally funded health care program.

I have no funds. How are legal fees paid to an attorney?

  • Disability attorneys work on a contingency basis. There is no fee unless the claimant’s application is approved. Federal law limits the attorney’s fee to approximately 25% of the claimant’s back benefits awarded or $6,000, whichever is lower. Social Security Administration pays the attorney directly out of your award.

How long does it take to be approved for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security benefits?

  • There is no set answer to this question, as every case has unique circumstances. To prevent delays, the claimant should provide concrete medical evidence from each of your physicians and submit additional paperwork as requested promptly. Keep in mind that the first five months of disability are non-payable. Back payment from the initial onset of the disability cannot exceed 12 months before the application date. A program of Compassionate Allowances expedites applications for claimants that have a terminal illness.

Should I hire an attorney to apply, reapply, or appeal a Social Security denial?

  • You have a right to legal representation. Your best chance to have an application approved or to win an appeal is to hire an experienced social security disability attorney.

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Dealing with the bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration can be frustrating and overwhelming. At Social Security Disability Attorney, P.L.L.C., we can discuss all of your concerns and put you on the path to receiving the benefits you deserve or supplemental benefits.

Call us today at 888-750-9110 to schedule an appointment so we can start the process immediately. We are an experienced, nationwide law firm that knows Social Security law. We are dedicated to helping the disabled.