Questions About Social Security Disability

What is Social Security Disability?

If you have worked and paid FICA taxes for a sufficient time period and have suffered an injury or illness that prevents you from work activity, you are eligible to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Individuals who experience physical and or mental disability are candidates for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These individuals have assets under a certain threshold and generally are receiving no income other than child support or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for children.

How long will my hearing take?

Social Security Disability hearings generally last about an hour. If you have dietary or health concerns, be sure to make accommodations.

Who will attend my hearing?

You can be assured that I will accompany you to the hearing. I also suggest that you arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you. This person may be able to offer moral support, or perhaps provide important information about how your disability affects you.

Can anything be done to expedite my hearing?

In some situations, the hearing can be expedited. A request can be submitted, including reasons to justify the hearing being expedited. There is no guarantee that this request will be approved, however.

What can I do to help my attorney get the information she needs to represent me?

We will make every effort to obtain the relevant information from your doctor and health providers. In some cases, however, medical providers are slow to respond. You may be asked to encourage your doctor to provide the information quickly. Also, keep a complete list of places you have gone for medical service, and keep us notified of any significant treatment or testing you received.

How will my lawyer know how my problems affect me?

You can best help me understand the nature of your case through by maintaining clear and detailed records of your medical care, records, reports and symptoms. For instance, if a client complains of headaches, it is important to know the severity and duration, and how recommended treatments do or don't help. Specifics can strengthen your case significantly.

Can I work and still be eligible for disability benefits?

Sometimes clients can work and still be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance [SSDI] benefits. This may be true in your case as long as you are working at your maximum potential and your income falls short of the Social Security Administration's maximum monthly guidelines.

What happens if the judge denies my claim?

Should your claim be denied, you can trust that I am experienced in the appeals process and will see your case through to the next step.

Will my children be eligible for benefits?

If you are eligible for Social Security benefits based upon your earning record and have dependent children who are 18 or younger, your children may be eligible for benefits if you are disabled.

Can I receive disability benefits if I am a disabled widow or widower, even if I have not had a long work history?

Individuals over the age of 50 who have become disabled within seven years of the passing of a spouse are eligible for Disabled Widow's or Widower's Benefits, regardless of work history.

Will my children be eligible for benefits?

If you are eligible for Social Security benefits based upon your earnings record and have dependent children who are 18 or under, your children may be eligible for benefits if you are disabled.

If you have further questions about Social Security Disability, please call attorney Judith A. Dexter of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at 610-866-9220. Our fees are reasonable and offered on a contingency basis: no charge unless approved.