Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Benefits Overview
Do you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits because you are unable to work? Do you know if you are eligible? The answers to these questions and more are below.
Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability?
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are eligible to apply for disability if you have a medical condition that will last at least one year or result in your death.
The SSA will ask you these questions to see if you qualify for the disability payment:
- How much work do you need to have completed to be eligible
- Are you currently working?
- Do you have a severe condition?
- Is your severe condition on the SSA's disabling conditions list?
- Are you able to do work you've done before?
- Is there another type of work you can do?
In addition, there are special rules for visually impaired people, a disabled worker's widow, disabled children's benefits and wounded warriors/veterans.
Applying For The Disability Benefit
There are three ways you can apply for disability benefits:
- Online - https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/
- By telephone - 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778
- Visiting a local Social Security office - however as of March 2020, all local offices are closed for the health and safety of both SSA employees and the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no time table listed for when the offices will re-open.
If you are approved for the disability benefit, you will be paid for the six months after your disability started. For example if you were unable to work in June 2019, your benefits started in December 2019.
What If I Am Deemed Ineligible For Disability Benefits?
If you apply for, and are denied disability benefits, and you believe the SSA is in error, the Anastopoulo Law firm is ready to help you appeal SSA's decision. Learn more about how we can help you get the Social Security benefits you deserve.
What If I Recover From My Disability?
The SSA will review your case from time to time to see if you are still eligible. If you heal from your disability, you must notify SSA as soon as possible, because you may not be able to continue receiving disability payments.
If you've suffered an injury or have been diagnosed with an illness that leaves you unable to work, don't wait to apply for your Social Security Disability benefits. Remember, we can guide you through the process to help you get the disability compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 313-2546.
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