Social Security Disability FAQ
There is no doubt that for many people, applying for and actually receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a long, complicated process.
If you come to the Law Offices of Gary J. Hill in Fresno, California, for a free consultation, an experienced attorney will take the time to sit down with you and answer all of your questions about SSD benefits, applying for them and the appeals process.
We hear all types of questions at our office, including:
1. Why Do I Need A Lawyer When Applying For SSD?
For most people, an attorney like Gary Hill provides invaluable guidance. He can help you gather all of your necessary medical evidence and — most importantly — help you present as strong a claim as possible for your benefits. A lawyer can help you see the big picture so that you have a claim that clearly describes the severity of your disability and the extent of your limitations.
2. What Happens If The Government Denies My Application?
Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration does not devote as much resources as it should to reviewing initial applications for disability benefits. An incomplete review usually means a quick rejection. That is why the appeals process exists.
3. Can I Appeal A Denial At Any Time?
At each step of the appeals process, you only have 60 days to act. This is another reason why it is so important to call an attorney quickly if your claim has been denied?
4. Do I Need To Suffer From A Specific Condition To Qualify?
While the government keeps an extensive list of qualifying medical conditions, if you can prove that your condition prevents you from working, you may still be able to receive disability benefits. This is another reason why it is important to work with an attorney who can help you gather the right medical evidence and present a compelling claim.
5. Can I Receive Disability Benefits And Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In many cases you can. If you receive workers’ compensation benefits, however, it could limit the amount of SSD benefits you receive. A lawyer can help you understand how both systems of benefits work.