The Doorstep Social Security Attorney
Douglas R. Hilbert, Attorney
Frequently Asked Questions about
Social Security Disability
Q. What happens if my claim is denied?
A. If your claim has been denied you may appeal but you must do so within the given time period. Usually, this is 60 days. I can prepare all of the required paperwork necessary for the appeal.
Q. How long does the appeal process take?
A. There is not set time for the process but generally you may receive a response from Social Security within 120 days after your initial claim has been filed. The Appeals for Reconsideration usually takes approximately 60 days. The longest part of the process will likely be the wait for a hearing date after filing, this usually takes 9 months or longer.\
Q. What does the Social Security Administration consider disabled?
A. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are based upon your inability to work for at least 12 months due to a physical or mental condition. To win, an individual must be unable to perform his or her past work as well as all other types of employment. This definition will also take into account your age, education, past work experiences and the seriousness of your medical condition.
Q. What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
A. SSDI benefits are paid to disabled workers and their families out of the Social Security Trust Fund. To be eligible, a worker must have a minimum number of credits depending on your age. Generally, a worker who has worked steadily over the years is insured for the program for five years. However that is not an absolute rule, there are several variables that effect this. Generally, a worker will earn more with SSDI than SSI but that is not always the case.
SSI provides a small income to disabled person who have worked very little and have few financial resources. In 2013, the base amount of SSI was $710 but can be reduced if you receive other public benefits, if you have a working spouse or receive benefits from other sources.
Q. What are my chances of winning?
A. We cannot honestly answer this question, every individuals case is different and effected by many factors. As we proceed with your claim and get a more complete picture of your history, medical support for your claim and other factors we will discuss the merit of your case with you.
Q. If I have additional medical treatments past my original claim should I let you know?
A. Absolutely, the Social Security Administration needs copies of all your medical records. Please keep me informed of your ongoing medical treatments.
Q. Are you part of the Social Security Administration?
A. No, I am an independent attorney dedicated to helping you through the process of appealing your Social Security claim.\r\n\r\nIf you have additional questions or need more information please use the contact form on this site to submit your questions or call my office at (405) 745-2700.