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Frequently Asked Questions

Social Security Disability FAQ

Applying for disability benefits through Social Security is not a simple or easy process. You likely have numerous questions on how to proceed. 

Below you will find general answers to common questions. You should not rely on these answers as definitive for your situation. Because every case is unique, you should always seek professional guidance before taking action.

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Disability benefits are available for those with severe impairments expected to last a year or more. Depending on your situation, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits based on your work history, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on your financial need.

Both physical and mental impairments may be considered disabilities for purposes of Social Security benefits. What matters is not the exact medical description of your condition, but rather how it affects you on a day-to-day basis. To count as a disability, your condition must prevent you from earning a decent living.

If you are successful in obtaining disability benefits, the amount you will receive depends on multiple factors. SSI is usually granted at a set dollar amount determined by the federal benefit rate. For SSD, however, the analysis is more complicated. Your work and earnings history will affect the amount you receive.

The claims process can be complex. Many applications are initially denied. However, if you properly exercise your rights after a denial, you can pursue several stages of appeal. The strength of your case will affect the overall timeline.

Statistics show that those with professional advocates are more likely to win benefits than those who attempt to handle claims on their own.* With such an important financial lifeline at stake, you should not run the risk of making avoidable mistakes. Our approved advocate can help you take full advantage of the benefits available to you.

*Source: November 16, 2001 Congressional Record, Testimony of Honorable Robert T. Matsui of California regarding the Attorney Fee Payment System Improvement Act 2001. 

For answers to other questions about SSD or SSI, call our office at (657) 217-3621.