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What Are Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security benefits more than just retirees. Since 1956, when it was signed into law by President Eisenhower, the disability amendment to Social Security has provided benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to illness or disability. Unfortunately, determining whether you qualify for this insurance plan is more complicated than simply reaching retirement age.

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Eligibility is more complicated that simply being disabled or unable to work due to illness. The program requires that you meet specific qualifications, including work history and medical diagnosis.

How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability?

To apply for social security disability, contact the Social Security Administration, make an appointment with your local social security district office or visit their website at Or talk to experienced social security disability attorney John Snyder for help throughout the application process. Contact us today for a free consultation.

When Should I Apply for Social Security Disability?

You should apply for social security disability benefits immediately after you have stopped working and expect that your condition is going to last a year or more.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me?

Hiring an attorney experienced in social security disability could mean the difference between collecting benefits or none at all. Experienced attorney John Snyder can help your from start to finish by filing your application, gathering all information necessary and fighting for the money you deserve. We are here to make sure that your application process runs as smoothly as possible to avoid the need for repealing or re-starting a claim, and to get you the benefits you are entitled to.

What Disabilities Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

A number of conditions can qualify you for disability. See our Categories of Qualifying Disability for a complete list.

For How Long Can I Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social security disability benefits are often long term. But there are some circumstances that could cause SSDI benefits to be terminated, such as a return to work or school, an improvement in your condition, or incarceration or institutionalization.

You will continue to receive disability payments until you are no longer disabled, or reach retirement age. Generally, your disability status is required to be reviewed every three years by the SSA.

I Was Turned Down. How Long Do I Have To Appeal?

It is important to appeal your claim as soon as it has been turned down. You only have 60 days to appeal or you will need to re-start the entire process.

Is It Better to Appeal or Re-file After Denial?

Typically it is better to appeal rather than re-file. There are also some situations in which you may want to do both if your claim is denied, especially if new medical information makes your case stronger.

What Happens to My Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

Your social security disability check is automatically transferred to the social security retirement check.

Can I Obtain Workers’ Comp Along With Social Security Disability?

You can receive benefits from both workers’ compensation and social security disability. But if you are receiving workers’ compensation, then the payments that you receive from social security disability will be reduced correspondingly. Once your workers’ compensation payments end, your social security disability benefits will increase.

Additionally, if you are receiving worker’s compensation then you probably will not be eligible to receive supplemental security income (SSI) benefits. The only way to know if you qualify is to contact the Social Security Administration.

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