Answers from Experienced Disability Lawyers
Our attorneys at United States Disability Center want to ensure that our clients receive accurate and informative counsel. Below are some answers to common questions regarding Social Security Disability benefits.
What is Social Security Disability?Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) are monthly benefits provided by the government for workers who have been injured or disabled before retirement age. It is funded through payroll taxes into a Social Security fund. The Social Security Disability program helps prevent workers from falling into poverty after an injury.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?In order to be eligible to apply, you must be suffering from a severe disability that limits your ability to work and lasts for more than 12 months. Medical evidence must be provided to verify the severity of a disability and the disability must meet the SSA's requirements. You must also have accumulated enough work credits.
How Long Does the Process Take?How long the process takes can vary. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months for the SSA to reach a decision on an initial application. If your application was denied, it can take an additional several months for a reconsideration decision and up to a year or longer if you are requesting a hearing. Once benefits are approved, it can take one to two months for the first payment. In some cases, you may need to wait the mandatory five-month waiting period before your payments can start. But typically, once benefits are approved, most people would have already satisfied the five-month waiting requirement.
What Are The Costs For Applying?The costs for applying vary. At United States Disability Center, we do not charge clients legal fees until we obtain benefits for them. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis and require no upfront payments. Our legal fees come out as a percentage of the past-due benefits awarded to a client.