There are numerous questions individuals often need answers to prior to and during the process of filing a claim for social security benefits. The following are among the most common questions associated with filing that may address some of your concerns:
- Do I have to have a Social Security Disability lawyer to file a claim?
No, an individual can file this type of claim without the assistance of a disability attorney or non-attorney advocate; however, a professional advocate who specializes in this area of law can be of assistance in more effectively dealing with the process, which can be time consuming and difficult to understand. Also, laws and standards of proof are complicated.
- Will my claim automatically be denied the first time?
No, although most claims are initially denied, one can be approved upon filing their original claim.
- Will I be able to appeal if my original claim is denied?
Yes, one has the option to appeal the decision by filing a Request for Reconsideration if they are at first denied for a claim.
- What are my options if my appeal is denied a second time?
One may file a Request for Hearing to appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
- What if my claim is denied by the ALJ?
You now have the option of either filing a Request for Review with the SSA Appeals Council, or begin the process all over again by filing a new application.
- How do I know if I am eligible to receive SSD or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Administration lists specific requirements online for review. One may also consult with a specialist who understands disability laws as they may pertain to a specific case.
- How long will it take to receive my first payment after I am approved?
This may vary depending on the circumstances of one's individual case and Social Security guidelines.
- If I have a certain health condition, can I receive automatic approval?
No, one must still go through the application process to be approved.
- Is my child eligible for SSI?
Your child may be eligible for SSI if he or she meets the SSA outlined guidelines.
- If I am deemed disabled by workers' compensation, will I be automatically approved?
No, you will still have to obtain approval based on the guidelines outlined by the SSA.
The Social Security Disability advocates of Wright & Wright, America's Social Security Disability Firm™ can provide individuals with a free consultation to discuss their filing options. Contact our firm today.