Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability
Many people have questions about Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you are unable to work due to a severe physical or mental ailment you may qualify for these government benefits. However, qualifying for SSD benefits can be difficult and there are many steps to the application and determination process.
With more than 40 years of legal experience, Mark Knight Attorney at Law in Somerset, Kentucky, provides answers and tireless advocacy to help obtain the benefits you need. The following are questions we often receive about SSD benefits and the application process.
- What are Social Security Disability benefits?
- These are benefits the U.S. government provides to disabled workers who have contributed to the Social Security trust fund. If you are unable to work due to a severe physical or mental ailment, you should file for SSD benefits. The amount awarded is based on the Social Security credits you accumulated during your working career.
- How do I know if I qualify for SSD benefits?
- To qualify for SSD benefits, you must have worked long enough or become eligible on a spouse’s account. You must have worked jobs covered by Social Security. Also, your physical or mental disabilities must make it impossible to work any significant job. You also must provide accurate and thorough documentation about your condition and how it affects your ability to work.
- If my application is approved, how long before I receive benefits?
- If you are approved to receive SSD benefits, monthly payments are typically paid out within one to two months of your application’s approval.
- Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits and SSD benefits at the same time?
- Yes; however, the total amount of benefits you receive cannot exceed 80 percent of your original income. Therefore, the amount you receive under SSD may be reduced.
- What are my options if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies my application for SSD benefits?
- Roughly two-thirds of first-time SSD applicants are denied benefits. Applicants are typically denied because they are considered fit enough for some other type of work. You can appeal your case. With proper legal guidance and assistance, many appeals are successful.
A Strong Legal Advocate On Your Side
If you are unable to work due to a disabling condition or injury, you and your family need help and options. Applying for SSD benefits is a complex and frustrating process. To improve the likelihood of obtaining the benefits you need, call Mark Knight Attorney at Law in Somerset, Kentucky. A knowledgable attorney will answer your questions, explain each step and assist throughout the process. Call 606-557-3103 or contact us by email.