No one expects to become disabled; however, when the unthinkable happens, disability benefits can help. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability. If you are disabled, you may be eligible to receive monthly benefits under SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Below are answers to several of the most common questions regarding Social Security disability benefits.
FAQs About Social Security Disability
Is There a Waiting Period to Receive Disability?
If you are eligible for disability benefits, your benefits will begin in the sixth full month of your disability. It is important to apply for Social Security disability as soon as possible so that you the waiting period can begin.
What are the Medical Requirements for Social Security Disability?
The SSA defines disability for the purposes of benefits as being unable to perform a "substantial gainful activity" because of a physical or mental impairment that has lasted at least 12 months or the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. The SSA has a List of Impairments, referred to as the Blue Book, which describes mental and physical impairments that are considered so severe they prevent you from working. However, you must meet or exceed the requirements for the condition to be considered disabled.
What if My Condition is Not in the Blue Book?
You may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits even though your condition is not listed in the Blue Book. Our experienced disability attorneys can explain more about the process of applying for benefits under this circumstance.
Is there a Financial Requirement for Social Security Disability?
Yes, each program has a financial requirement in addition to the physical or mental requirement. For SSDI, you must have worked a sufficient period to qualify for benefits; however, SSI does not require a work history. Both programs do have income limits in order to qualify for benefits.
If I the SSA Denies my Disability Application, Can I Appeal?
Yes, you can appeal the denial but you must act quickly because you only have a limited time to appeal. If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits, contact our office immediately. Our attorneys can file an appeal on your behalf. We have successfully represented many clients in the Social Security disability appeals process.
Do You Want More Information about Social Security Disability?
You can read more about Social Security disability benefits on our website. If you still have questions, we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation. Call our office or use our online contact form. If you or a loved one is disabled, there is help. Our Pennsylvania Social Security disability attorneys have extensive experience appealing disability denials. Do not assume you do not qualify for disability benefits or that you cannot receive benefits if you are denied. In many cases, we can help you - call us now.