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Social Security Disability FAQ

The requirements, rules and processes in place for getting Social Security Disability benefits are extremely complex. People are often surprised to learn how difficult it is to get something that has become so necessary for them. To help you understand a little bit more about Social Security Disability, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

How Do I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are disabled, the first step is to determine whether you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income. These are dramatically different programs. Once you have determined the type of disability benefits to apply for, you can complete your application online at the Social Security Administration website or at your local Pennsylvania Social Security Administration office. Use care to ensure you complete everything correctly and provide all the required supporting documentation to minimize the risk of denial.

How Much Money And Benefits Will I Get From Social Security Disability?

The amount of money you receive will depend on a variety of factors, including the number of years you worked and the amount you contributed to Social Security. Income, age and disability will also factor in. Typical monthly benefits are 40 percent of your income. There may be other benefits available as well.

When Should I Start Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?

Provided your claim is accepted, you will begin receiving your monthly check on the sixth full month after the onset of your disability. If this date has already passed, you may also receive a lump sum payment for the back pay.

What Happens If My Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

Most initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Thankfully, there is a process for appealing rejected claims. This process begins with a request for a hearing and can go as far as federal court. It is critical to make certain that all facts and documentation are in order prior to your appeal to set the stage for a successful appeal.

Do I Need An Attorney To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

There is no requirement to enlist an attorney to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. People tend to submit the initial application on their own. However, when a claim is denied or other problems come up, an attorney may prove valuable. An attorney will advocate for you and guide you through the complex appeals process.

At Conlon Tarker, P.C., in Butler, we offer free consultations for individuals with disabilities. To speak with a lawyer, call 888-312-5366 or 724-602-4317 or send us an email.