Frequently Asked Social Security Disability Questions
When we meet with clients, we often hear similar concerns. We offer free initial consultations in order to thoroughly answer client questions so they feel comfortable with the law firm they are hiring. Here are some social security disability questions and answers.
How Do I Get Disability Benefits – SSI Or SSDI?
First, you have to qualify for one of the programs through your work history (SSDI) or by having little to no income and being disabled. We can help you evaluate which program you qualify for. At that point, we can also help you determine the correct forms and process and how to get SSI or SSDI benefits.
Why Does Social Security Keep Denying My Claim?
There may be a number of reasons for Social Security to deny a claim. One common reason is the lack of medical evidence or submission of the wrong medical evidence. This is one of the most important reasons to hire an experienced attorney to help you with your claim. We also understand the system is basically designed to be difficult. This doesn’t mean you should give up. In fact, giving up is the worst thing you can do.
At Francis & Craig PSC, we know what the Social Security office is looking for and we can help you gather the correct information to increase your chances of success.
How Long Does The Process Take?
There is no getting around the fact that this is a long process. Again, one of the struggles with receiving benefits is the long wait that many have to endure. There is a lot of administrative red tape — like any federal agency.
We are here for you every step of the way. We stay in constant contact — whether through email, text or by phone — for as long as it takes. It is not uncommon for the process to take between two and three years. Some cases are shorter, but each case is different. Often, the longer it takes, the better your case may go. Again, each case is unique.
How Long Will Social Security Disability Last?
In general, the benefits last for as long as you are disabled or until you reach the age of retirement — 65 — and you are able to get retirement benefits. Our lawyers can help explain what Social Security defines as “disabled” because this can be a challenging component of the application as well.