Get Answers To Your Questions About Social Security Disability
Our Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys at Carey & Stewart are available to provide the information you are looking for. We help people appeal denied SSD claims, including people with catastrophic injuries or serious illnesses that have forced them out of the workforce.
Bring us your questions such as the following:
Do I need an attorney’s help to file an application for SSD benefits or appeal a denial?
No. However, many people who try to do these things themselves find the instructions complicated to follow correctly. Many denied claims and failed appeals happen because of applicants’ mistakes or poor documentation. Our lawyers advise and represent people with disabilities on a contingency basis, so you will not owe attorney fees in advance.
Is SSD a form of welfare?
No! It is not a government handout. It is a publically managed form of insurance that workers pay into and draw on only if they need it and qualify for benefits.
My spouse, parent or adult child has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal cord injury (SCI) or another life-altering injury. Doctors say they will not be able to work for at least a year. Will they qualify for SSD benefits?
The answer is probably yes. Be sure to help your family member document their application or appeal a denial with professional, convincing evidence. Apply as soon as you believe you or your family member may qualify since once an application is approved, back benefits will be paid dating to the date of the application.
My teenager is blind, is getting a good education and will likely be able to join the workforce. I have heard that blind people can receive SSD benefits even if they work. Is that true?
In many cases, yes. In fact, a blind person can receive SSD while earning double what a seeing person can earn while working and receiving SSD simultaneously. Even before your child turns 18, ask an attorney for information and help with your their SSD application or appeal.
I was seriously injured on the job and doctors predict that I will not be able to work for at least a year. Can I receive both workers’ compensation and SSD benefits?
Yes, but your SSD benefits may be reduced depending on how much you receive in workers’ comp benefits. It is important to report all your income to SSD to avoid penalties.
I had to leave my job and undergo treatment and therapy for a mental illness that has affected me all my life. Should I worry that my continued participation in community organizations or academic settings will hinder my eligibility for SSD, either before or after I am approved for SSD benefits?
For insights on complex disability scenarios such as yours, it is especially important to establish a trusting relationship with an SSD attorney. Your lawyer may advise you to keep journals on the nature of your community activities as well as documentation of the workload and schedule that you were unable to manage day to day because of your mental illness. Keeping your attorney well informed can prepare them to represent you as needed in applications, hearings and investigations that Social Security may conduct into your diagnosis, disability and lifestyle.
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Caution: The “yes” and “no” answers above are not necessarily applicable in all cases. For detailed information about your situation and your potential SSD case, consult with an experienced SSD attorney.