Are you unable to work due to accident, injury, or medical condition?
Every year over 2 million people across the United States apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, and OVER HALF will initially be denied benefits, causing unnecessary frustration and concern.
Although there are never guarantees, our experienced social security attorneys can guide you through the initial application procedure, or help you appeal a denial.
Helping you get the benefits you deserve!
The Social Security Disability Programs and the accompanying forms, procedures, and responsibilities are complex and can be confusing. At Andrew Farmer Law PLLC, our attorneys understand that every case is unique. It is our priority to work closely with our clients through every step of the process to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.
Mental & Physical Disabilities
No matter what your disability, our attorneys have most likely handled a case just like yours. Some of the more common disabilities suffered by clients have been:
Back Pain and Surgery
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
If you are thinking about applying for social security or you doctor has recommended that you do, please feel fee to call our office for a free consultation. We would be happy to help you complete your paperwork. If you or a loved one has already been denied social security, we will be happy to represent you on your appeal. Do not be afraid to contact an attorney, most claims are denied on the first try. We can guide you through this complicated process to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.
Information Center | Social Security Disability
What do I do if my claim is denied?
First of all, if your claim is initially denied, don’t get discouraged. Over 50% of initial applications for benefits are denied. If you receive a denial to your initial application, you must request a reconsideration within 60 days. If your claim is once again denied, you have 60 days in which to request a hearing. After the hearing it can take several months to receive a decision.
What happens if I’m denied benefits after a hearing?
After a denial at the hearing level, you can still appeal to the Appeals Council, and beyond that, you can file a lawsuit in United States District Court. Please keep in mind that every case is unique. The information provided is intended as general in nature and not as legal
What is the waiting period once I become disabled before I can apply?
There is no application waiting period. Because it can take several months for an application to be processed by the SSA, you should apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. HOWEVER, once approved, your “start date” to receive benefits will not be until the sixth full month from the date your disability began.
How long will it take to receive a determination once I apply for benefits?
An initial determination will take anywhere from three to five months. Several factors can influence the amount of time it takes to receive notification, including:
- The nature of the disability
- How quickly medical evidence is obtained from medical providers
- Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim
- If your claim is randomly selected for quality assurance review of the decision.
How does Social Security define disability?
Social Security does not define disability the same way that other programs do. Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work. You are considered disabled if you cannot do the work that you did before, and you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition. Your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Social Security does not provide short-term or partial disability benefits.
How much will I receive once my claim is approved?
The SSA will calculate the monthly benefit amount based on wages earned before the disability occurred. You can use one of the calculators at the SSA website to get an estimate of monthly benefit amounts.
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are paid to those who have worked long enough and have paid taxes into Social Security and meet other qualifying criteria. The amount of monthly SSDI benefits is determined by how much the person earned before they became disabled.
Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits are paid to those who have either not worked long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits, or who may have never had an opportunity to work. To receive SSI benefits, an individual must meet certain criteria, as well as prove that they have limited financial resources. The SSI benefit amount may change as their financial situation changes.
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