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Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions

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At Newlin Disability, our team of experienced Social Security Disability lawyers is committed to guiding you through every step of the disability claims process. We understand that navigating Social Security Disability can be complicated and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide you with the vital information you need. Whether you’re wondering about eligibility, the application process, or what to do if your claim is denied, we’re here to help. Remember, our primary goal is to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.

Social Security Disability Law

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Social Security Disability Applications and Appeals

At Newlin Disability, we recognize that the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be daunting and perplexing. As experts in Social Security Disability, we take pride in offering clear and straightforward information to address some of the most common questions we encounter. Our commitment to clarity and expertise ensures that you have the guidance you need throughout the application process.

SSD Attorneys

Can I hire a free social security disability attorney?

Technically, there are no “free” attorneys, but at Newlin Disability we only get paid if you win.

Can I hire a free Social Security Disability attorney?

Technically, there are no “free” attorneys, but at Newlin Disability we only get paid if you win.

How much does it cost to hire a Social Security Disability attorney?

The cost of hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney is pretty consistent across the industry as Congress set the fees that attorneys can charge for this service. Attorneys generally charge 25% of your past due benefits. This fee is capped at $7,200. These fees are only paid if you win and they come out of benefits due to you meaning you will not have to pay out of pocket.

Can I get a free consultation with a Social Security Disability attorney?

We offer free consultations, during which we will evaluate your case and explain the process of applying for disability benefits.

How do I find a Social Security Disability attorney?

You can find a Social Security Disability attorney by asking for referrals from friends or family members, searching online, or contacting your local bar association for a referral. We have many references from clients in the form reviews that we would love for you to check out.

What should I look for in a Social Security Disability attorney?

When looking for a Social Security Disability attorney, you should consider their experience, reputation, and success rate in handling disability cases. It’s also important to find an attorney who is communicative, responsive, and compassionate towards your situation. As one of the top SSDI firms in the country, we have a proven track record of experience and success.

What is the role of a Social Security Disability Attorney in the SSD application process?

A Social Security Disability Attorney can help you with the SSD application process by assisting with the completion of forms, gathering medical evidence, representing you at a hearing, and negotiating a settlement.

Can a Social Security Disability Attorney increase my chances of getting approved for SSD benefits?

In December of 2017, the GAO published a study which found that claimants who had representatives were awarded benefits at a nearly 3 times higher rate than those without representatives.

SSD Overview

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI?

Both programs are disability programs that are administered by the Social Security Administration. SSD provides monthly benefits to those who are insured under the program, based on their work history and an accumulation of work credits. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a needs-based program for individuals with limited income and resources.

How much can I expect to receive in SSD benefits?

The amount you can receive in SSD benefits is based on your average lifetime earnings and is determined by Social Security. This calculator will give you a rough estimate of what your benefits could be.

SSD Qualification

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

How long does it take to get a decision on my SSD claim?

It can take several months to several years to get a decision on an SSD claim, as the process can be lengthy and complex.

Can I work while receiving SSD benefits?

Yes, you can work while receiving SSD benefits, but there are limits to the amount of income you can earn and still receive benefits. We refer to those limits as SGA.

What documentation do I need to prove my disability for SSD benefits?

To prove your disability, you will need to provide medical evidence from your treating physicians, including diagnosis, treatment, and test results.

Can I appeal a denied SSD claim?

Benefits Application Assistance

Can I hire a free social security disability attorney?

Technically, there are no “free” attorneys, but at Newlin Disability we only get paid if you win.

What if my SSD and SSI application is denied?

If your application is denied, don’t lose hope. Many initial applications are denied. You have the right to appeal. It’s essential to act quickly, as there are deadlines for appeals. Seek legal assistance to strengthen your case and navigate the appeals process effectively. Newlin Disability is here to help you.

Can I work while applying for SSD and SSI benefits?

Yes, but there are limitations. If you are earning substantial income, your SSD benefits might be affected. With SSI, you can work, but your earnings will be factored into your eligibility. It’s crucial to report your work and income accurately to the Social Security Administration.

What is the role of medical evidence in the SSD and SSI application process?

Medical evidence is crucial. You must provide detailed medical records to support your disability claim. This includes doctor’s reports, test results, medication history, and any other relevant medical documents. Thorough medical evidence significantly strengthens your case.

How can Newlin Disability help me with my SSD and SSI application?

At Newlin Disability, we have experienced professionals who understand the complexities of the SSD and SSI application process. We can guide you through each step, ensuring your application is comprehensive and accurate. Our expertise increases your chances of a successful outcome.

What happens if I am approved for SSD and SSI benefits?

Congratulations! If you’re approved, you’ll start receiving your monthly benefits. For SSD, you may also be eligible for Medicare after a waiting period. Stay informed about your rights and responsibilities regarding reporting changes in your life circumstances to the Social Security Administration to continue receiving your benefits without interruptions. If you need assistance applying for benefits, Newlin Disability is here to help.

VA Benefits

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

How can hiring Newlin Disability help you obtain VA benefits?

Hiring Newlin Disability can streamline the often complex process of obtaining VA benefits by providing expert guidance, navigating paperwork, and ensuring your application is complete and accurate.

Why should you consider professional assistance for VA benefits?

Consider professional assistance from Newlin Disability to maximize your chances of success. Our experienced team knows the intricacies of VA claims, helping you avoid common pitfalls and delays.

What sets Newlin Disability apart in helping veterans obtain benefits?

Newlin Disability stands out for its commitment to veterans. We combine legal expertise with a deep understanding of VA processes, working tirelessly to secure the benefits you’ve earned through your service to our country.

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

What benefits does Newlin Disability offer in obtaining VA benefits?

Newlin Disability offers personalized support, including assessing your eligibility, gathering necessary medical evidence, preparing and submitting your application, and representing you in appeals if needed.

How can Newlin Disability improve your VA benefits application?

Newlin Disability can improve your VA benefits application by ensuring it’s well-documented and aligns with VA criteria, increasing the likelihood of approval and reducing the time it takes to receive your benefits.

Difference Between SSD vs SSI

Can I hire a free social security disability attorney?

Technically, there are no “free” attorneys, but at Newlin Disability we only get paid if you win.

Can I apply for SSD and SSI benefits simultaneously?

Yes, you can apply for both SSD and SSI benefits at the same time if you meet the eligibility criteria for both programs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your application for each program separately.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI benefits?

SSD (Social Security Disability) is based on your work history and paid into through payroll taxes. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a needs-based program for disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Eligibility for SSI is based on financial need rather than work history.

Can I receive SSD or SSI benefits if my disability is not permanent?

Yes, you can receive SSD or SSI benefits if your disability is expected to last at least 12 continuous months or result in death. Even if your condition improves over time, you can still receive benefits during the period when you are unable to work.

What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have enough work credits and you must have a medical condition that makes you unable to work. That condition(s) must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Is there a specific timeline for the SSD and SSI application process?

The timeline for the application process can vary significantly. It may take several months or even longer for a decision to be made on your application. Factors such as the complexity of your case, the need for additional medical evidence, and caseloads at the SSA can affect the timeline.

Can I reapply for SSD or SSI benefits if my application is denied?

If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Reapplying is an option, but the appeals process might be more effective, especially with new evidence or professional assistance. It’s essential to understand why your application was denied before deciding to reapply or appeal.