Social Security FAQ

What are my chances of being awarded Social Security benefits?

Every case is unique, and even strong applications sometimes get denied. You are eligible for disability benefits if the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines that you are disabled to the point where you are no longer able to work. We are very straightforward with our clients, and we will give you an honest assessment of your chances.

Can I receive Social Security benefits if I can't perform my job anymore?

It is not enough to be unable to perform your specific job. You must be disabled to a point where you cannot perform any full-time job in the federal economy. A vocational expert will be at your hearing to testify regarding your ability or inability to work.

When should I apply for SSDI or SSI?

In some cases, it may be appropriate to apply as soon as you are eligible — typically the day after your last day of work or when your income drops below a certain level. We understand the financial stress of not being able to work while you wait for disability benefits to kick in. However, sometimes it is beneficial to wait until your disability has been well-established in order to strengthen your application. We can help you evaluate your claim and advise you appropriately.

How does the SSA determine if I'm disabled?

The SSA will review your application as well as the medical evidence you provide. A representative will assess your working status, the severity of your condition and whether it aligns with a recognized disability listing. Our respected attorneys can help you present your case in a compelling way to improve your likelihood of success.

How long will the process take?

Due to a high number of applications, the process may take anywhere from about a month to two years. If your disability is severe, you are more likely to be approved quickly. If the SSA has doubts about your claim, more appeals may be necessary.

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