Social Security Disability FAQ
The road to earning Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a long one that leaves many people with some serious questions. Here at Brod Disability Law, our North Carolina attorney wants to help you answer some questions to help you along the way.
What Can I Do If My Application Was Denied?
If your initial application for SSDI or SSI benefits was denied, you have no reason to worry. Most initial applications are denied, about 65% of them, unless your illness or disability is unquestionably unavoidable. Once the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your claim, you can begin your appeals process, where your approval chances can nearly double, with the right attorney helping you.
What Is The Difference Between SSDI And SSI Benefits?
SSDI benefits are a public benefit for those who would normally be able to earn income, if not for their disability. SSI benefits are a federal poverty benefit that supplements the income of those who are disabled, blind, or elderly and also have low income or assets.
Can I Work While Collecting SSDI Benefits?
SSDI benefits are for the benefit of those who are unable to earn income on their own, as a result of the disability or illness. However, the SSA has allowed recipients of this benefit to earn other income at very low levels. There will likely be trial periods where the SSA will reevaluate your ability to work full-time as well. If you are considering working while receiving benefits, please contact an attorney first to confirm your eligibility.
Can I Collect Short-Term Disability Through SSDI?
Short-term disability benefits are where illnesses or injuries last for more than a year or for the rest of your life. Whereas SSDI benefits are for cases where the issue lasts more than a year, or for the rest of your life. Because of this, there is no concept of short-term disability in SSDI benefits.
Can I Speed Up The Approval Process?
The SSA can take months to approve your application, and even longer if you go into the appeal process. Many clients are not able to wait months or years for this kind of income due to their severe illness. If your illness or disability is extreme enough, there are two methods an application can be fast-tracked – quick disability determinations and compassionate allowances. We can help you review your case to determine if you qualify for either method and help you pursue it.
Is It Too Late To Talk To A Lawyer?
The answer to this is always no. No matter what stage of your application process you are in, an experienced attorney can drastically improve your chances of the SSA approving your benefits. While we do the most work after your application has been denied, we can help you from the very first step as well.
If you are considering applying for SSDI and/or SSI benefits or are already in the middle of things, contact us today. We offer our clients free initial consultations to make things easier for you. Email us here, or call any of our offices by using the numbers below:
- Greensboro: 336-272-9302
- Reidsville: 336-349-1905
- Burlington: 336-570-1177
- Kernersville: 336-917-6017
Let our experience be your guiding force in your pursuit for the benefits you need. We offer in-person meetings with our attorney, who can speak with you at any time.