SSDI FAQ

Social Security Disability Attorneys

If you have applied or are thinking about applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you probably have many, many questions. Our Social Security Disability attorneys will answer these questions, listen to your individual needs, and work diligently to help you earn the benefits to which you may be entitled. You can also get answers to some of the most common questions below.

What Are Social Security Disability Benefits?

The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability. "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. You will be considered disabled under the Social Security rules and henceforth eligible for benefits if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before the onset of your disability;
  • A decision is made by Social Security that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually 10 years). Then, you must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security definition of disability. In general Social Security will pay monthly benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more, or who have a condition expected to end in death. The disability must be so severe the worker cannot work when the age, education and work experience of the worker are taken into consideration

How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security offers an online disability application. You can find this application at the Social Security Administration website. Applying for disability benefits online offers several advantages:

  • You can start your disability claim immediately.
  • There is no need to wait for an appointment.
  • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer.
  • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

If you choose not to apply online you may call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or contact your local Social Security office.

How Can A Social Security Disability Attorney Help Me With My Claim?

A Social Security Disability attorney can act on your behalf before Social Security by:

  • Getting information from your Social Security file;
  • Helping you obtain medical records or information to support your claim;
  • Coming with you or appearing for you to any interview, conference or hearing you have with Social Security (it is strongly recommended that you appear along with your representative); and
  • Requesting a reconsideration, hearing or Appeals Council review; and helping you and your witnesses prepare for a hearing and questioning any witnesses.

Can I Get Social Security Benefits For Any Months Before My Application Is Filed?

Social Security may pay disability benefits for as many as 12 months before you apply if they find you had a disability during that 12-month period and you meet all of the other requirements.

Is There A Waiting Period For Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits there is a five-month waiting period before payment of your benefits will begin. Social Security will pay your first benefit for the sixth full month after the date you are found to be disabled.

Can I Work While I'm Receiving Social Security Disability?

You can return to work while receiving Social Security Disability benefits. You may be able to have a trial work period for nine months to test whether you can work. Trial work allows work for nine months during which time you will receive your full Social Security benefits regardless of how much you're earning as long as you report your work, and you continue to have a disability. In 2016, a trial work month is any month your earnings are over $810.00. If you are self-employed you have a trial work month when you earn more than $810.00 (after expenses) or work more than 80 hours in your own business. The trial work period continues until you have worked nine months within a 60-month period. If you receive disability benefits and your condition improves or you return to work, you must report these changes to Social Security by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contacting your local Social Security office.

Can A Child With Disabilities Get Social Security Benefits?

A child with a disability age 18 or older may get Social Security benefits when a parent gets retirement or disability benefits. The child also can get benefits if a parent dies. The disability must have begun before the child reaches the age of 22.

Social Security Disability Attorneys Serving Waltham And The Surrounding Areas

If you're injured, unwell and struggling to get the disability benefits you desperately need, you don't need double talk. You need a quick solution. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Ananian & Rodibaugh, P.C., can help you earn the benefits to which you may be entitled. Contact us online or call 617-855-7389 for a FREE consultation.