Social Security Disability FAQs
The Law Center for Social Security Disability in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is the go-to law firm in Oklahoma for Social Security Disability claims. My name is Gary Jones, and as the founding attorney of The Law Center for Social Security Disability, I can assure you that your case will be handled locally, given the personalized, undivided attention it deserves and receive sound, compassionate guidance from an advocate who has over 25 years of experience in these matters.
Over the years, I have received numerous questions from clients about the Social Security benefits process. Based on some of these questions, I have put together a primer about Social Security written as Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs.
FAQ 1. When should I ask a lawyer for help? At The Law Center for Social Security Disability, I suggest contacting us at the beginning of the claim process. There is no fee for this assistance and an early inclusion of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can pay dividends in the event your claim is denied.
FAQ 2. How long must I wait to file an application for Social Security Disability? Although Social Security defines disability as an impairment that lasts a year or more, you do not have to wait until a year passes to file your claim. However, your doctor must document that your disability will prevent you from working for more than 12 consecutive months.
FAQ 3. If my initial claim is denied, am I ineligible for benefits? No, you are not necessarily ineligible for benefits. An initial finding of ineligibility may be appealed. It is not unusual for an initial claim to be denied. Having the help of an experienced Social Security disability law firm such as The Law Center for Social Security Disability may help overturn the denial of your initial application.
There is no reason to be surprised if your disability claim is denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) — sadly, it is the norm. Once you have been turned down twice for a claim, you can ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge to receive benefits. Your appeal must happen within 60 days of you being told of your ineligibility. It is best for you to let The Law Center for Social Security Disability or another experienced Social Security Disability attorney file the appeal to the administrative law judge and represent you at your hearing.
FAQ 4. How do I pay for my lawyer? At The Law Center for Social Security Disability, first consultations are free. If you hire The Law Center for Social Security Disability and you win your case, the firm receives 25% of your past-due benefits. Future benefits are not subject to a fee.
FAQ 5. Who is eligible for Social Security Disability? Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to workers who have met the eligibility requirements for SSDI. Those with less than the required credited social security pay may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a needs-based program administered by Social Security Administration but financed through general taxes.