Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the most frequently asked questions about Social Security disability benefits. If you need any further information about Social Security disability benefits or other benefits available please contact us.

Do I have to be permanently disabled to be approved for Social Security disability benefits?

No, you don't. You are qualified to file a disability claim if you have a condition that will prevent you from holding a full-time job for a minimum of 1 year or longer.

What does the Social Security Administration (SSA) define as a “disability”?

 - You must meet the following SSA requirements to be considered for disability:
 - You are no longer able to work at your previous occupation
 - You cannot adjust another occupation because of your medical condition(s)
 - Your medical condition(s) are expected to last for a minimum of 1 year

Am I able to work while waiting for the determination of my Social Security disability claim?

In most cases you are not eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits if you are working and making more than $1,220 (gross/pre-tax) per month. However, there are many exceptions to this rule so we recommend that you complete this free evaluation to see what you may qualify to receive.

Do I qualify for Social Security Disability if I already am receiving Military Retirement or VA disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs are completely separate entities, and it is possible for you to receive benefits from both organizations at the same time. Please complete this free evaluation to determine your eligibility.

Do I have to wait before applying for Social Security disability?

There is no required wait time, and waiting to file your claim could result in losing thousands in earned benefits. We recommend filing as soon as your medical condition has stopped you from being able to work a full-time job.

Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits if I already have a pending worker’s compensation claim?

Yes, it is common to file both Social Security and worker’s compensation benefit claims around the same time. You are not required to wait for your worker’s compensation claim to be complete.

How much will I receive if I am approved for Social Security disability benefits?

The amount you receive will be dependent on a variety of factors, including the amount you earned while you were employed. The national average for disability benefits is approximately $1200/month. We recommend you complete this free evaluation to determine an estimated monthly amount you would be entitled to receive.

How many years of back pay am I eligible to receive from Social Security Disability?

Once your application is approved, you are eligible to receive up to 12 months of back pay for the months prior to your date of application.

What happens if my Social Security disability application is denied?

If your initial claim is denied and you have not yet returned to work you should appeal the decision. In most cases this is done by filing a “request for reconsideration”. Having an expert team support you during this reconsideration process may be critical to the success of your appeal. Complete this free evaluation to see if you qualify for no upfront cost assistance.

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