1. Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
This is among the top questions asked by those suffering from disabling conditions. The short answer is that you may qualify for SSDI benefits if:
- You have worked for long enough in a job that paid into the Social Security system; AND
- You are found to be disabled under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines and will continue to be unable to work for at least one year.
“I have a disabling condition that requires medication and other expensive treatments. I am struggling with paying my medical bills. Will these be covered by my Social Security disability benefits?”
Social Security on the basis of disability is a financial benefit granted by the government for a chronic condition that leaves the patient unable to work.
Once you are approved for disability, you may use the money to buy medication and pay for medical bills, although it is not specifically allotted for it.
Social Security Disability does not focus on one particular disease. Instead, it takes into account the particular medical condition you are experiencing and whether it hinders you from doing the job you were previously employed in.
2. “My disability claim has been denied. This is very scary and disheartening. I don’t know what to do.”
Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. About 60% of all Social Security disability claims are initially denied. When this happens to you, the disability attorneys at The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead are here to help you evaluate your options.
3. “Can I appeal the Social Security Administration’s decision if they deny my claim? If yes, what is the process?”
Yes, you can, and with a competent legal team on your side, the chances of winning an appeal are much better. However, an appeal has to be made within 60 days.
Once the appeal is filed, the Social Security Administration will review your claim and determine whether the denial was incorrect. This has to be done by someone who was not involved in your initial denial.
If this reconsideration remains unsuccessful, you may now request a hearing about your case. This hearing will be conducted by an Administrative Law Judge not previously involved in your Social Security disability claims denial and at a court within 75 miles of your home. In some cases, a hearing may be held via video conference.
4. “I know I am disabled. Should I file for Social Security disability benefits or file another type of disability claim?”
There are different ways you can file a disability claim, depending on your personal condition and circumstances. If you have become disabled due to an injury on the job, you may be eligible for workers compensation. If your disability was caused by an accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. If you are suffering from a disabling condition, a Social Security disability attorney can help determine which benefits are best suited to your circumstances.
If you have questions about or need help with a claim for Social Security disability, contact The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead today for assistance.